From the frantic activity going on behind some of the hoardings, I think that there is scheduled to be some sort of launch of "More London"'s public spaces. The More London website "will be relaunched in September", but I found this on the Pool of London website.
The Scoop is a new open air amphitheatre performance space located outside the landmark City Hall at the More London development. During August there will be a fantastic free music event to enjoy between 12pm and 3pm everyday.
4th-10th August - More Chill Out:
Jazz vocalist Kathleen Willison, DJ Sneaker plus Latin percussionist Gabriel Nuzzoli, Simon Colam, Trio, Hannah Vasanth Trio, James Fenn Trio, Jamie Anderson Quartet, Anna Stubbs Quartet.
11th-17th August - More Showcases:
A week of the finest jazz from the Royal Academy of Music.
18th-24th August - More World Music:
Indian Mist (Sitar, Tabla, Flute), The Caribbean Boys, Folk Farm, Africa Sound (song, dance, percussion), The Gabriel Nuzzoli Quintet, London Community Gospel Choir, Paul Aguilera (classical flamenco guitar duo).
25th-31st August - More Jazz Week:
The Kelly Dickson Collective, Tom Cawley, Harry Brown, The Graeme Flowers Quartet, Acoustic Ladyland, Barney Dickinson Quintet, the Finn Peters Quartet.
London SE1 (Near Tower Bridge)
Contact Details: Simeon Aldred, Vibration Music
Tel: 07767 412 426
Well Jo, the blobs were unveiled once more this afternoon, though the barriers remain around them. It was precipitating so I didn't get a good look at them but my initial reaction was their build quality is very very poor. Instead of being perfect spheres and egg shapes, as I would guess the designer had specified, there are dents and large lumps of rust under the paint, which made them look tatty.
In fact the build quality seems similar to the rest of Ken's palace; where they've already had to replace an exterior fire exit door, both rotating doors at the entrance, and loads of paving bricks - with still more in need of replacement.
I was beginning to wonder if they aren't some post-modern artist's response to Tom Wolfe's description of most public art as the "turd in the plaza" syndrome.
But then ... a bizarre naively carved and painted woman appeared atop the low rise stone structure close to Tooley Street [which houses public conveniences and the escape stairs from the car park]. And a metal tree with backlit green "foliage" has also sprung up between the riverside blocks.
"The landscaping includes trees, water features, seating and lighting designed to create a lively and congenial social environment. Site-specific sculptures have been commissioned by leading artists including Stephan Balkenhol, Fiona Banner and David Batchelor. "
Further googling reveals that Fiona Banner is responsible for the "blobs", Balkenhol did the wooden woman, and Batchelor the green tree.
"More London Public Art - As part of the PLP's Public Spaces Strategy this project will contribute significantly to the objective of improving the public realm with the installation of three pieces of quality public art as an integral part of the More London development on the south side of the Thames.
Within the three new open spaces this project aims to enhance the public realm for the enjoyment of workers, visitors and residents as well as help establish the Pool of London as a key destination for anyone interested in contemporary art and sculpture, with a view to attracting an additional visitor market. The three sculptures will be installed by the end of September 2003."
IMHO - I don't think we're going to get hordes of people coming to the area to look at these.
Could James interrogate the PLP to find out what the final contribution from public money was (and the official titles of the art works)?
PS There also seems to be an enormous piece of sculpture under wraps in Ernst and Young's future lobby
I had a walk around last night and saw the wooden woman etc.
I must say that although I have been very very skeptical of the whole project and also quite damning of the "blobs" as a whole I now kinda like the area. I Love the water thingys outside the entrance of 6 more london place. (you`ll have to go and have a look to see what I mean) but I can also see them causing lots of trouble with tourists and children over the next few years, but hey it`s only water!
Also I think i would have covered the water stream bit over with some nice clear glass or something, but all in all I think its great. I however also think that it would still be great without the "blobs" and the wooden people, (i quite like the tree)
My problem with the "blobs" is actually just the quality. Up close you will see that massive patches of rust have been left under the black paintwork. Was this intentional?
I also agree Lang, that i would be great if James could dig us up some more information.
My only concern now is that all this beautiful area surrounding the scoop will not get used as it should, because of the lack of events in the scoop. I truly hope it gets well used and well advertised.
I for one would love to sit out there on a mild evening with a glass of wine and listen to some great music or a play.