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James Capper's walking boat MUDSKIPPER on the Thames

British artist James Capper is transforming an old Thames boat into a walking sculpture.

Unfortunately, performance demonstrations of MUDSKIPPER (scheduled for May 25 and 30 and June 9 and 10) have had to be postponed due to technical issues identified during final testing.

The launch of the artwork and performance demonstrations on the river and foreshore will be rescheduled in due course.

We apologise for any disappointment this causes and look forward to inviting you to see this exciting and innovative sculpture in the near future.

MUDSKIPPER is a fully-mobile sculpture which has the ability to move across water and land on-shore through the use of two step-type propulsion legs. 

When launched it will be in residency at Battersea Power Station Pier directly in front of the iconic riverside building. The sculpture will travel down the River Thames and walk out of the water at certain points of low tide. 

MUDSKIPPER is this year's Powerhouse Commission, an annual commission at Battersea Power Station. It was co-commissioned in 2019 in partnership with Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms on the South Bank and The Royal Docks; it is produced by Illuminate Productions. Albion Barn acquired the original workboat with James Capper and published the MUDSKIPPER maquette. 

Happening today, 27 May 2019

James Capper's walking boat MUDSKIPPER on the Thames

British artist James Capper is transforming an old Thames boat into a walking sculpture.

Unfortunately, performance demonstrations of MUDSKIPPER (scheduled for May 25 and 30 and June 9 and 10) have had to be postponed due to technical issues identified during final testing.

The launch of the artwork and performance demonstrations on the river and foreshore will be rescheduled in due course.

We apologise for any disappointment this causes and look forward to inviting you to see this exciting and innovative sculpture in the near future.

MUDSKIPPER is a fully-mobile sculpture which has the ability to move across water and land on-shore through the use of two step-type propulsion legs. 

When launched it will be in residency at Battersea Power Station Pier directly in front of the iconic riverside building. The sculpture will travel down the River Thames and walk out of the water at certain points of low tide. 

MUDSKIPPER is this year's Powerhouse Commission, an annual commission at Battersea Power Station. It was co-commissioned in 2019 in partnership with Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms on the South Bank and The Royal Docks; it is produced by Illuminate Productions. Albion Barn acquired the original workboat with James Capper and published the MUDSKIPPER maquette. 

Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness at StudioRCA

A solo exhibition from artist and furniture maker, Yinka Ilori who has been commissioned to redesign a Nine Elms rail bridge.

This summer, artist/designer Yinka Ilori’s first public realm artwork, Happy Street – commissioned by Wandsworth Council in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture – will transform the railway bridge on Thessaly Road in Nine Elms.

In anticipation of the bridge makeover, Types of Happiness is inspired by the 16 different types of happiness incorporated into his Happy Street artwork. A rollercoaster of emotions is expressed through the colours and patterns carefully painted on each of his bespoke chairs. Each unique piece of furniture is intended to evoke a different type of emotion or feeling. Visitors are encouraged to look beneath each chair to discover the type of happiness which inspired its creation.

The exhibition also features a scale model of the bridge design and a large-scale drawing of Happy Street, coloured in by Ilori and members of the local Nine Elms community.

London-based artist Yinka Ilori specialises in telling stories through furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal tradition into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.

Running from 8 May until 23 June, the exhibition is open Saturdays, Sundays and May half term.

StudioRCA,
1 Riverlight Quay
Nine Elms Lane
SW8 5AU 

More information on the Nine Elms website