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River View Design Competition by Wolfgang Buttress

Liminal: LFA Urban Landscape Contest in London by artist Wolfgang Buttress, UK

19 Feb 2019

River View Design Competition Winner

Wolfgang Buttress wins River View design competition


An ‘architectural painting’ by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress has won the River View design competition to create a major new artwork next to the Thames.

The City of London Corporation commissioned the London Festival of Architecture to run the competition as part of its forthcoming outdoor arts programme, Fantastic Feats: the Building of London.

River View Design Competition by Wolfgang Buttress
image courtesy of UK artist Wolfgang Buttress

Subject to planning consent, the sculpture will be enjoyed by a huge public audience when installed in June, complementing two of London’s most exciting events: the London Festival of Architecture and the Illuminated River project.

Liminal will be a fascinating and engaging installation that will encourage greater public interaction with the River Thames, seen by many as London’s biggest physical boundary. The artwork will also blur boundaries between 2D, 3D and 4D through a variety of mirror, bright, satin and matt aluminium panels that focus and alter viewers’ perception and experience of the river.

As well as the 4.5 metre-high sculpture on the north bank of the Thames opposite Tate Modern, a live data feed from an underwater sonar will capture the life and flow of the river, which will be sent to an app that expresses the life of the Thames through sound and light.

The River View commission complements the Illuminated River project, a free public art work on an unprecedented scale which will eventually see up to 15 bridges across the Thames illuminated by artist, Leo Villareal. Fantastic Feats: the Building of London, the City of London Corporation’s six-month programme of public events (31 May – 1 December), includes River View in its celebration of London’s long-standing history of architectural and engineering firsts, which will examine how these innovations have contributed to improving the lives of Londoners over the centuries.

UK artist Wolfgang Buttress
photo courtesy of LFA

Artist Wolfgang Buttress said:

“I am excited to be working on this project. Liminal is both a conduit and a space; I am creating an architectural painting which will connect the audience to the elusive mystery, power and pull of the river Thames.”

Graham Packham, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, said:

“My colleagues and I are very happy to send our congratulations to Wolfgang Buttress on winning the River View design competition, and we look forward to seeing Liminal installed in its chosen location alongside the Thames. His unique vision clearly piqued the judges’ interest and I feel sure that, as combined elements, the sight of the sculpture and the sounds of the sonar will intrigue the many millions of people who pass by this engaging art work.”

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“At the London Festival of Architecture we are thrilled to be working alongside Wolfgang Buttress – an internationally renowned artist whose work offers a fascinating and immersive exploration of our boundaries theme, and an imaginative installation that will draw people closer to the mysterious River Thames.”

Designer Wolfgang Buttress overcame competition from a field of 78 entries who responded to an open call in October 2018. The competition was judged by a panel including David Bickle (partner, Hawkins\Brown), Nick Bodger (cultural and visitor development director, City of London Corporation), Melanie Charalambous (group manager, public realm, City of London Corporation), Andy Downey (partner, Elliott Wood), Sarah Gaventa (director, Illuminated River Foundation), Edwin Heathcote (architecture and design critic, Financial Times), Stella Ioannou (co-director, Sculpture in the City) and Tamsie Thomson (director, London Festival of Architecture).

The City of London Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year.

The City of London Corporation – together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London – is leading the development of Culture Mile between Farringdon and Moorgate, a multi-million-pound investment which will create a new cultural and creative destination for London over the next 10 to 15 years. This includes £110m funding to support the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield and £4.9m for a detailed business case and next stage development, fundraising, and design work for the proposed Centre for Music.

London River View Design Competition by artists Wolfgang Buttress
image courtesy of British artist Wolfgang Buttress

Wolfgang Buttress

Wolfgang Buttress creates multi-sensory artworks that draw inspiration from our evolving relationship with the ‘natural’ world. He explores and interprets scientific discoveries, collaborating with architects, landscape architects, scientists and musicians to create human-centred experiences. Wolfgang has produced artworks on four continents including Europe, Australia, Japan and the U.S.

He is well known for the UK Pavilion (Milan EXPO 2015) and The Hive, a collaboration with physicist Dr Martin Bencsik, BDP, Hoare Lea and Simmonds Studio which expresses the life of a bee hive in real time through form, sound and light. The Hive is now permanently installed at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, England, the project has won 27 national and international awards including gold medal for best in show at World EXPO 2015. Current projects include sculptures in Taiwan, U.S, Australia and United Kingdom.

Twitter: @WButtress
Instagram: @wolfgangbuttress

City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile, dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City and supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

Twitter: @visitthecity
Instagram: @visitthecity

London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival and is exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’ in 2019. The LFA’s mission is to support London’s architectural and design talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places. Every June it celebrates innovation and design through a public programme that showcases London as a global architectural hub and promotes positive change to its public realm.

The theme for the 2018 event – identity – inspired over 500 events across the capital, attracting 600,000 visitors and a global audience of 122 million. A year-round programme of design competitions, design charettes, campaigns and other activities also champions London as the best place in the world to practice and enjoy architecture.

Twitter: @LFArchitecture
Instagram: @LondonFestivalofArchitecture

Illuminated River

Illuminated River is a free public art project on an unprecedented scale: a scheme to light 15 of central London’s bridges along the River Thames with a unified, kinetic LED artwork by artist Leo Villareal. The project is being run by the Illuminated River Foundation, a charity set up to administer and fundraise for the scheme. The first four bridges – London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges – will be illuminated in summer 2019.

Twitter: @IlluminatedRiv
Facebook and Instagram: @illuminatedriver

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