With London Design Festival in full swing, some of the most magnificent displays are on the grounds themselves. Although Newson and Ban were each commissioned to create their own structure, the two are meant to work together in harmony – surrounding the Thames River – the canvas for their work.
The two architects have created towering structures along the bank of the river, challenging what materials can do. Newson’s design is called the Supercell, and features enameled steel panels fashioned into hexagonal patterns. If you think the piece looks a little bit like your grade 10 DNA models, you’re not totally off course – Newson was inspired by cell growth.
Meanwhile, Ban’s 60-foot Paper Tower, made out of paper tubes, makes a slightly different statement. Although the piece is impressively tall like the Supercell, the Paper Tower focuses on interactive art. Visitors can walk through the massive cone-shaped structure, weaving in and out of its panelling and gazing up at the magnificent structure. This kind of interaction lends the public a chance to have more of a one-on-one experience, engaging tactile senses and letting them situate themselves within the artists’ work.
London Design Festival runs until September 27, 2009.