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A Shooting Star in London Design FestivalMonday 21 September 2015
British sculptor Alex Chinneck is renowned for elevating everyday objects and scenarios to surreal monuments, transforming the familiar into the ex-traordinary. For this year’s Festival, he has created A Bullet from a Shooting Star, an outdoor installation at Greenwich Peninsula that is testament to the site’s rich industrial history and acts as a visual beacon signifying the site’s future as a new residential district for London. The enormous lattice of steel takes the form of an inverted electricity pylon that appears to have been shot into the ground at a precarious angle.
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Can you imagine that a Bullet from a Shooting Star comprises 450 pieces of steel and 900 engineered connection points, all constructed from a combined length of 1186 metres of steel weighing 15 tons. Moreover, the project is a marvellous feat of engineering made possible in partnership with specialist fabricators and engineers.
Besides, the impressive 35 metre-high structure is visible from a multitude of viewpoints on and surrounding the peninsula, including North Greenwich Station, the Emirates Airline cable car, the Thames Clipper service, Canary Wharf, and all planes that fly to and from City Airport.
“My work is a combination of surrealism and spectacle,” he says. “In this case, the spectacle is provided by the sheer scale of the sculpture and the physical feat of balancing it on its tip.”
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To sum up, over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events which take place across London, showcasing the city’s pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2015 will take place from 19-27 September.