Supergroup London has completed this colourful pop-up installation on the Southbank as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love
Constructed from a combination of plywood boards, scaffolding poles and brightly coloured signage, the temporary temple will remain in place at the side of the River Thames for the duration of the summer-long festival.
Designed by a collective made up of Studio Myerscough’s Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan as an ‘oasis and contemplative space’ the installation, entitled Temple of Agape, features the words of Martin Luther King: ‘I have decided to stick with love’.
The designer’s view
Love is the most emotive subject and to be asked to consider how to express ‘Agape’ one of the seven types of love was hugely challenging and thought provoking.
Agape — the Love for humanity felt perfect for us and at the beginning easy, ‘Love’ we thought, we all know about it, it’s all around us, we have felt it and therefore we should know how to express it in our work. But when we started thinking about it and all the clichés how do you do something that is new and original?
We have travelled widely and experienced many types of places, building a temple of love felt right, a contemplative space and oasis in the middle of a super busy riverbank walkway.
Along the Southbank we begin our Agape procession with a long stretch of love benches leading you to the entrance of the temple.
Our temple is bold and brash, telling you come over and look at me! I’m well-dressed and ready for Love! Come in come in.Standing like a proud peacock with its giant ‘Martin Luther King’ quote expressing the power of love to the world.
Inside, its heart is calm and dappled with light, for contemplating complex emotions, a place that can transform with the Love expressed within it.
The visitor can then journey through our flight of stairs festooned with banners and signs that form a joyful parade to the next level of the Southbank Centre creating a chance to experience new views and a new entrance to this level only for the duration of the festival.
Location Southbank, London
Type of project art commission
Client Southbank Centre
Curator Georgia Ward
Producer Beth Burgess
Project manager Paul Denton
Artists Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
Specialist scaffold and temporary works engineer Tubular Techniques
Build contractor origin 8
Scaffold contractor Castle Scaffolding
Start on site date 4 June 2014
Completion date 27 June 2014
Gross internal floor area 6m x 6m
Total cost £95,000 — £85,000 excluding the artists fee