Powerhouse Commission 2017
See the winning sculptures of our inaugural Powerhouse Commission, in partnership with Cass Sculpture Foundation, in place here at Battersea Power Station.
British-born, New York-based Jesse Wine’s work, Locals Vocals, mirrors the timeline of Battersea Power Station through the historical development of sculpture during the same period, from 1933 through to the present day. The work directly references Battersea Power Station’s local history of sculpture by re-creating and re-interpreting the work of Henry Moore, who studied at the Royal College of Art and presented work in Battersea Park. At the same time, it retains Wine’s signature style, adorned with depictions of objects – including cups of tea, sandwiches, notepads and flat caps – suggesting a huddle of workers paused for a tea break on an icon of 20th century British art.
For his commissioned sculpture, Malaysian artist Haffendi Anuar has created a site-specific series of pilotis, traditional architectural columns that lift a building above ground or water, and which are commonly found in stilted dwellings, such as fishermen’s huts, across Asia. Within the context of Battersea Power Station, Machines for Modern Living are intended as surrogates of Battersea Power Station’s’ chimneys. By installing them on ground level at Circus West, their presence is anchored to the site, bringing the distant chimneys of Battersea Power Station within grasp. The complex forms of the sculptures, with their angular stacks, allude to both western minimalism and traditional Malaysian-Indonesian architecture.
The pieces are in situ until the end of the year.