Skylon-inspired sculpture raised in South Ken
Light artist Adam Barker-Mill’s ‘Notting Hill Skylon’ lands on top of an estate agents in west London
Inspired by the centrepiece of the 1951 Festival of Britain, Hidalgo Moya, Philip Powell and Felix Samuely’s Skylon, the temporary rooftop installation entitled Ringstack stands on top of Marsh & Parsons Notting Hill Office.
Erected to celebrate the ‘Queen’s Jubilee, Notting Hill, and the Olympics’, the 7.5 metre-high sculpture is constructed from 11 lightweight aluminium circular sheets, stacked equidistantly. A single beam of electric light is projected up this central core to create the illusion of 11 concentric circles of white light floating in the night sky.
The artwork was created by local resident Adam Barker-Miller, following a public fundraising campaign led by Tim Burke of the Notting Hill Improvement Group. The project was managed by architectural designer Michel Schranz, formerly of Rundell Associates.
Architectural designer’s view
Michel Schranz, director, Michel Schranz
Adam Barker-Mill was originally inspired by the Powell and Moya’s Skylon, built for the Festival of Britain in 1951. A single light source at its base lights up, creating an 7.5m-tall stack of rings.
Tim Burke of the Notting Hill Improvement Group initiated the Ringstack project after visiting Adam Barker-Mill at his house at Dawson Place, where he discovered one of Adam’s Light Sculptures. He immediately thought of a possible site for the project, and they both went to ask Marsh & Parsons whether they’d be up for an rooftop installation. They were immediately intrigued and agreed to help.
While Tim started fundraising in the local community, Adam approached ex-Rundell Associates architectural designer Michel Schranz to supervise and project manage this project. James Frith of structural engineers Crouch Waterfall Partners and 800 Group with John Shayer and Julian Graham came on board to execute the works. Planning permission was granted at the end of June. After resolving several legal and insurance issues, plus further fundraising to cover increased construction cost, the piece was finally craned into place on September 23, and officially lit on September 26.
Artist Adam Barker-Mill
Project director Tim Burke of the Notting Hill Improvements Group
Primary funder Marsh & Parsons
Architectural designer/Project manager Michel Schranz
Structural engineer James Frith of Crouch Waterfall Partners
Contractor 800 Group