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RIBA London completes bandstand for Southbank’s Festival of the World

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A bandstand designed and built by students with the support of RIBA London has been unveiled at the Southbank Centre in London

The project is one of many additions to the riverside arts venue revealed this week as part of a centre’s Festival of the World programme running until 9 September.

RIBA London looked to students after it was commissioned to design, build and install the structure as part of the venue’s summer festival programme for the second year running.

Six students – Anisah Bhayat, Ricky Kwok, Wing-Shun Tang, Simon Phung,Robert Leather, Kirsty Smith – worked with RIBA London, StudioAR and last year’s bandstand designers to realise the project.

RIBA London director Tamsie Thomson said: ‘During the recession many students are finding it difficult to gain the experience needed to progress to the next stage of their education.

‘This collaboration between RIBA London and the Southbank Centre allows us to help six students demonstrate their creative ability on a structure that will be seen by millions over this summer. It will go a long way to helping their careers during this difficult economic climate.’

Other installations at the riverside arts complex – which features the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Hall – include a rooftop temporary restaurant by Milan-based Park Associati and a giant Baobab tree by Pirate Technics.

Andrew Lock from Lyn Atelier, in partnership with TILT design studio has also completed a ‘Festival Village’ social space beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall for the 4,000 artists working on the 8.5 hectare site this summer.

Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre artistic director said: ‘Our Festival champions the idea that art holds the key to unlocking the imagination and can be a powerful agent for social change by highlighting projects that are transforming lives.

‘From across all continents, we are bringing together thousands of artists involved in working with and inspiring communities in a vastly eclectic range of projects, activities, performances and exhibitions.’


Full list of planned installations for the Festival of the World:

Time after Time: Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa has created a series of sculptural columns using thousands of green household baskets. He has also created the work Life Life consisting of hundreds of balloons installed in a tree between the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Hayward Gallery.

Southbank Centre installation: Everything is beautiful when you don’t look down by Robots>>>>

Southbank Centre installation: Everything is beautiful when you don’t look down by Robots>>>>

Everything is beautiful when you don’t look down: Two large figures scaling the Hayward Gallery made out of reclaimed wood by arts collective Robots>>>>. The humanoid figures give the impression that one is helping the other and were made with help from children at the Oasis Children’s Venture in Lambeth.

For the second year running, students and recent graduates of architecture facilitated by RIBA London, have created a bandstand for Southbank Centre Square, acting as a performance space and meeting point.

World Crates: designed by Lyn Atelier with Graphics by Hemingway Design, the crates appear to have been washed up across the site, each telling a story of art changing a community. More crates will appear following the Diamond Jubilee Weekend.

Southbank Centre installation: Perspectives by Cameron Brown and Trey Watkins with support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Southbank Centre installation: Perspectives by Cameron Brown and Trey Watkins with support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation

Perspectives: a canopy of oversized children’s blocks of varying sizes, painted in bright colours, are suspended in the air across Festival Terrace. Seen from particular spots, they reveal hidden messages. Created by US artists Cameron Brown and Trey Watkins with support from the Black Rock Arts Foundation.

A Call to Poetry: a sound installation celebrating the poetry from around the world brought together by Poetry Parnassus, read by the poets themselves. The poems will resonate across parts of the site on the hour every hour, following Big Ben’s last strike.

A specially commissioned series of Festival Flags crowning the roof of the Royal Festival Hall and Jubilee Flagpole on Queen’s Walk. Created by Lucy + Jorge Orta, the flags are composed of the emblems of different nations blended together, a ‘metisse’ symbolising a new world community.

Beuys’ Acorns: Artists Ackroyd & Harvey have grown over 200 saplings from the fallen acorns from Joseph Beuys‟ seminal artwork 7000 Oaks. Displayed on the Queen Elizabeth Hall mezzanine roof, they pay tribute to Beuys who saw 7000 Oaks as a catalyst to transform society.

Centro di Permanenza Temporanea: Adrian Paci’s photograph depicts a group of people queuing on a moveable staircase used to board an aircraft, but with the plane itself missing, leaving them stranded ‘in transit’. The artwork addresses global issues of border control, diaspora and displacement.

Southbank Centre installation: Under the Baobab by Pirate Technics

Southbank Centre installation: Under the Baobab by Pirate Technics

Under the Baobab: Created by Pirate Technics, with contributions from the Masters students of Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, this colossal baobab tree

sculpture is made from stacked rings of fabric from around the globe. Supposedly the oldest species of tree in Africa, the Baobab tree has long been a symbol for community mediation; at Southbank Centre, the tree sculpture celebrates global creativity and diversity with the different fabrics representing communities from around the world.

London Earth Creature: a striking adobe dome and range of organic structures for visitors to explore. The ‘playscape’ is designed by children from Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School in collaboration with eco-builders Small Earth. A similar structure was created in the school’s playground to reduce noise pollution from planes passing overhead. It is inspired by a rammed earth structure devised by Iranian architect Nader Khalili, intended as low cost housing for communities in Africa and Asia.

Southbank Centre installation: Wastescape by Gayle Chong Kwan

Southbank Centre installation: Wastescape by Gayle Chong Kwan

Wastescape: Artist Gayle Chong Kwan has created a luminous cityscape out of thousands of plastic bottles, which transforms an external space at the Hayward Gallery into a multi-sensory immersive space. Integrating sound and light, Wastescape will evoke Moravia, a neighbourhood in the city of Medellín in Columbia built on the city‟s unofficial rubbish dump where recycling is integral to local life and culture.


Following the opening of Festival of the World, new works will appear throughout the summer including:


Rainbow Park (opening 15 June): Polish artist Adam Kalinowski will transform part of Queen’s Walk into a multicoloured sand installation with handcrafted wooden sculptures for visitors to enjoy.

aMAZEme (31 July – 24 August): inspired by the writer JL Borges, Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo will create a large-scale labyrinth out of thousands of books on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall. aMAZEme is part of the London 2012 Festival.

21st Century Light Space Modulator(opening early July): A light installation transforming the space under Hungerford Bridge created by Jason Bruges Studio in collaboration with Havells Sylvania. The installation pays homage to László Moholy-Nagy’s work the ‘Light Prop for an Electric Stage’ created in 1930 (commonly known as the ‘Light Space Modulator’), a pioneering piece of light-art and moving sculpture.

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