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The Jellyfish Theatre, London by Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwass

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[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] The artists Köbberling/Kaltwasser, together with 84 volunteers and numerous other supporters, created London’s first fully-functioning low-budget-theatre made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials.

It hosted the Oikos Theatre Festival 2010. Focussing on energy-efficiency, cooperation and human scale construction, the theatre was made of materials from all sources: junked theatre sets, reclaimed timber from building sites, Covent Garden market pallets, old kitchen units that the public brought along.

The design idea was inspired by jellyfish as fragile, fascinating and terrifying species. The theatre project with a mix of public-made art, architecture and performance explored how a sustainable society can flourish in a world still dominated by global financial markets and driven by profits.

Client The Red Room Theatre and Film Company, London, UK in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation
Artists/Architects Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwass
Materials Reclaimed materials
Built by 84 volunteers and local supporters

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