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Bureau de Change unveils pendulum-like installation

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Bureau de Change has taken the wraps off an installation of 100 pendulums and petal-like forms at the Sto Werkstatt gallery in Clerkenwell 

The installation features a series of pendulums suspended over a grid of panels painted with Sto’s range of IQ façade finishes.

During the course of the show, named Droplet, coloured liquid will gently trickle down the pendulums’ chains onto the panels below.

Half are the petals are covered in a Sto IQ façade finish called StoColor Lotusan which allows dirt to run off in the rain while the other half are coated in conventional façade paint where the droplets of coloured liquid cling to the surface.

The pendulums are a reference to the clock and watch making industry which thrived in Clerkenwell from the beginning of the 18th century, while the petal-like forms of the panels have been inspired by tools which were used in Sto Werkstatt’s building when it housed an artificial flower making factory between 1876 and 1932.

Bureau de Change, director, Billy Mavropoulos, commented: ‘The intricate handcrafting that went on in the building itself and the surrounding area led us in a clear direction for developing the shape of the installation and how its components would be formed. These narratives have allowed us to embed the product and installation into the history of the site.’

While Sto Werkstatt curator Amy Croft, added: ‘Bureau de Change has taken a very technical, scientific and rather un-visual set of Sto materials and reinterpreted them to explore the past and potential futures of architecture. 

‘The positive effects these façade coatings could have on our individual and collective environments are exceptional. We hope this exhibition and related events will position these solutions for healthier and more sustainable buildings at the forefront of architects, developers and contractors’ minds.’

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