Silhouettes – A Photo

No, I don’t know what this is either, but as it’s on the top of the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London, it’s most likely related to the current exhibition of contemporary Chinese art.

It’s an arresting sight, and I’d walked by it once without noticing, but then, when I did look up, it did make me stop and wonder.  The photos give a feel for the ugliness of the buildings of the Southbank.  It was built in that era when architects were besotted with concrete, and it has survived through a period in which there is neither the will not the public finding to keep it clean.

Did the artist chose this particularly unattractive bit of the back of the gallery, facing onto the access road, for the work, or were other factors involved?

Is it a reflection of how inaccessible certain parts of the building feels, with its raised levels and confusing stairs and dark corners, that the only sure way of finding your way in is to have someone lift you up the side?

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  1. margaret

     /  October 22, 2012

    Reminds me of the Zizkov TV Tower in Prague with its crawling babies !

    • I see what you mean. I think the babies were done by David Cerny the same artist who did the London bus doing push ups for Czech house during the Olympics….


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