THE CONCRETE JUNGLE REIMAGINED

Written by Clare Fisher

Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 6, upper levels, Peckham Multi-​storey car park

If the words ‘multi-​storey car park’ make you wrinkle your nose at the thought of pet­rol and piss, then go down (or up, or side­ways) to Peckham. Follow the red painted line past the butchers and hair exten­sion shops, to the car park. Walk up the stairs – which do wreak, I have to admit – to… some pretty inter­est­ing sculptures.

Mary Redmond, Seven Split Overglide

Walking around Mary Redmond’s ‘Seven Split Overglide’ on a soggy Saturday after­noon, the phrase that kept run­ning through my head was: urban jungle. I didn’t think of traffic jams and tower blocks, but of some place calm. Walking between the twis­ted sheets of cor­rug­ated metal and bam­boo shoots, I felt as if I was explor­ing an ideal city, maybe one we could live in if we only stepped back from our every­day busy-​ness, or one that is hid­den within this busy-​ness, hid­den by the ines­sen­tial, which Redmond has stripped away. I wanted to lie down between the col­oured pav­ing slabs and sleep.

Sarah Cain’s ‘Modern’ did less to trans­form the space as a whole; instead, it asked you to focus on par­tic­u­lar details. The dec­or­ated mat­tress leant against a pil­lar made me think, oh, yes, people prob­ably squat here, the con­crete would pro­tect you from the ele­ments (it was an incred­ibly wet day!).

Sarah Cain, Modern

The corner that had been white­washed and splashed with paint, water and, indeed, piss, brought out the sense that this was a place where strong urges were sat­is­fied and then quickly aban­doned. Yet with the paint pots in the corner, and the painted window-​like blocks, there is a reminder that we are always on the lookout for other pos­sib­il­it­ies, and that sooner or later someone will come along and cre­ate things anew.

Laura Buckley, Byobu

My atten­tion to the sculp­tures on the roof was, I admit, con­sid­er­ably weakened by the rain, which did an excel­lent job of fall­ing around my umbrella. I stood under the dry(ish) tar­paulin of Frank’s Campari bar, and looked at the work of Laura Buckley, Martin Westwood, Carter Mull, and Peles Empire.

The rain was so heavy that the sculp­tures seemed to blur together, and with the grey­ish points of the shard, the gher­kin, and the rest of the city, on the hori­zon. I wondered what it all meant. Many things, prob­ably. By then I just wanted sit down with a hot drink, and enjoy the view.

From left: Peles Empire, Fountain 1, and Carter Mull, Lexicon

Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 6 runs until 30th September. Open from 12 noon until 10pm Thursday to Sunday. For more details, see: http://​boldtend​en​cies​.com/​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​SP6

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