New public artworks for Battersea
Published: 27 September 2017
New artworks by internationally acclaimed artists have been unveiled at Battersea Power Station's Circus West Village.
Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar were announced as joint winners of the inaugural Powerhouse Commission in August. This week their work was unveiled by Battersea Power Station and the CASS Sculpture Foundation.
The Powerhouse Commission aims to provide artists with an exceptional opportunity to achieve new levels of ambition by developing works that engage with and reach new audiences set against the backdrop of Battersea Power Station.
The winners of this first iteration of the Commission were selected by a judging panel of experts; Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director at the Southbank Centre and Cultural Advisor at Battersea Power Station; Anne Mullins, Head of Culture at Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership; Misha Curson, Deputy Director, Cass Sculpture Foundation; Helen Turner, Curator at Cass Sculpture Foundation; and David Twohig, Head of Design at Battersea Power Station.
British-born, New York-based Jesse Wine’s work, Local 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.
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.
Wine’s and Anuar’s sculptures will remain at Battersea Power Station for three months.
The Powerhouse Commission forms part of Battersea Power Station’s wider vision to deliver a new cultural district for London. Recent openings include the Village Hall, a new 5,000 sq ft multi-use arts venue created in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, and a new public artwork by leading British artist and designer Morag Myerscough that welcomes residents and visitors to Circus West Village, the first phase of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment.
The artists will be giving a talk about their work tomorrow (Thursday 28th September) at The Village Hall, Arches Lane, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 and are on sale via the BPS website.