Battersea’s first ‘Powerhouse’ sculptors chosen
Battersea Power Station’s first two public art commissions of sculpture have been announced.
Co-commissioned with the CASS Sculpture Foundation, the winners are the New York based British artist Jesse Wine a work re-imagining the art of Henry Moore who also exhibited at the power station and the Malaysian whose pilotis series (maquette pictured) echoes the columns that raise Asian fishermen’s huts above the water.
The Powerhouse Commission scheme aims to provide international artists with a rare opportunity to create outdoor sculpture, which will be for sale with proceeds going towards future commissions. The two winners were chosen from a shortlist of nine.
Clare Hindle, CASS executive director, said: “Eighteen years ago Cass Sculpture Foundation established the commissioning process for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, with Mark Wallinger’s Ecce Homo. I am thrilled to continue our legacy of presenting contemporary sculpture at London’s most prestigious public platforms, while maintaining our core charitable endeavour: to champion exceptional talent and provide artists with unexampled opportunity.”
The Powerhouse Commission forms part of Battersea Power Station’s Malaysian owners' wider vision to deliver a new cultural district for London that will build a sense of community and ownership around it and to widen access to culture for audiences in south-west London, part of a long-term cultural investment in multiple phases. Recent openings include the Village Hall, a new 5,000 sq ft multi-use arts venue created in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, and a new public artwork by leading British artist and designer Morag Myerscough that welcomes residents and visitors to Circus West Village, the first phase of Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment.