Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station’s ‘Powerhouse Commission,’ in partnership with CASS Sculpture Foundation, aims to provide international artists with an exceptional opportunity to achieve new levels of ambition by creating an outdoor sculpture.
The winners of this first iteration of the Commission were selected by a judging panel of experts; Jude Kelly, Cultural Advisor at Battersea Power Station; Anne Mullins, Head of Culture at Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership; Helen Turner, Curator at Cass Sculpture Foundation; Misha Curson, Deputy Director, Cass Sculpture Foundation; and David Twohig, Chief Development Officer at Battersea Power Station.
Jesse Wine and Haffendi Anuar were chosen from a shortlist of nine international artists that included: Claire Barclay (UK); Olaf Breuning (Switzerland); Conrad Shawcross (UK); Yutaka Sone (Japan); Nina Beier (Denmark); Raphael Hefti (Switzerland) and Bedwyr Williams (UK). All nine shortlisted artists were invited to submit proposals for outdoor sculptures to be installed at Battersea Power Station.
British-born, New York-based Jesse Wine’s work will mirror the timeline of Battersea Power Station through the historical development of sculpture during the same period, from 1933 through to the present day. The work will directly reference Battersea Power Station’s local history of sculpture by re-creating and re-interpreting the work of Henry Moore, who studied at the Royal College of Art and presented work in Battersea Park. At the same time, it will retain Wine’s signature style, adorned with depictions of objects – including cups of tea, sandwiches, notepads and flat caps – suggesting a huddle of workers paused for a tea break on this icon of 20th century British art.
For his commissioned sculpture, Malaysian artist Haffendi Anuar will create a site-specific series of pilotis, traditional architectural columns that lift a building above ground or water, and which are commonly found in stilted dwellings, such as fishermen’s huts, across Asia. Within the context of Battersea Power Station, Machines for Modern Living are intended as surrogates of BPS’ chimneys. By installing them on ground level at Circus West, their presence will be anchored to the site, bringing the distant chimneys of Battersea Power Station within grasp. The complex forms of the sculptures with their angular stacks allude to both western minimalism and traditional Malaysian-Indonesian architecture.