Studio Weave were commissioned to develop a proposal responding to the Tideway Public Art Strategy and Heritage Interpretation Strategy, as part of the ‘Art on the Tideway’ programme. Deptford – one of ‘The Shipping Parishes: Gateways to the World’ – has had a role in various British histories of note; but its diverse communities and identities have evaded being defined by any singular narrative. Our scheme borrows the convention of the plinth which traditionally elevated ideas and representations; and explores remodelling it in forms which offer a range of illusions when viewed from different perspectives.
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The plinths will be forged in cast-iron using traditional foundry methods that have been used across London’s South East workshops for hundreds of years, achieving the perceived permanence generally preserved for celebratory figuration.
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