Powerstations and Plastic Balls

Battersea Power Station is clearly the finest structure in London, forget Apsley House, you want imposing might, you can’t go further than Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s magnificent Art Deco monolith of brick.
So he had a stab at the telephone box, and Bankside (or the Tate Modern) is alright, but those four chimney’s rising from clutter of terraces and railway sidings strike an imposing figure over the city skyline. And it’s not surprising, it’s the largest brick building in Europe.
From Pink Floyd to Children of Men, via The Beatles and The Dark Knight, it is scorched into our modern cultural psyche, the Bank of England burnt tens of thousands of pounds in the furnaces there when they thought the Bosch were about to conquer us during WW2. Meanwhile the RAF were using the plumes of smoke to guide them home. Screaming Lord Sutch wanted to cover it in wool and make it look like a dead sheep, John Broome tried to turn it into a theme park.

Now they want to turn it into a naff collection of faux pot plants and cafes, with a riverside walkway way, exterior designed to within an inch of it’s life. They’ll probably fail. But I don’t care, it meant that it was opened for two days for the public to get inside and have a wander, and this just hasn’t happened very often.

(PVZ would have wet himself)

On a different note, but while I have your attention, the next day I attended the Lovebox Weekender, and aside from Goldfrapp having these totally ace guys dressed up like colourful carpets pinging it all over the stage, Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips came out in a massive plastic ball and went walking and crawling all over the crowd, oh, and yeah, their show was amazing too


  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    Same here….I’d have given anything to be there to see inside! Fab shots!! Jealous as hell!

  • MKWhite
    MKWhiteover 6 years ago

    What an awesome structure. You must have been like a kid in a candy shop when you arrived there. Great work :) BTW, Goldfrapp is fun, I’ve always enjoyed their music and style.

  • Scott Robinson
    Scott Robinsonover 6 years ago

    Damn you.
    I am pure seething jealousy

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 6 years ago

    Well. Like 2 & 4 the best … when are we going to see the other 95?

  • Heh, I did go a bit mental, but I thought I’d spare you, plus I shot two rolls of Holga that I won’t get developed until Pete pays me more, so don’t hold out for those.

    – onetonshadow

  • Kathleen Cameron
    Kathleen Cameronover 6 years ago

    hmmm… they did that here in Brisbane… they turned the Powerhouse at Newfarm into a snobby arts centre… kept all the graffitti as spectacles of the street kids that used to hovel there in the rust and dirt and cold, it very industrial and raw in its design… it’s a great place… one of my favourites and there are a heap of photos in my folio from there… but it’s a a living paradox really considering it’s history… we went in there about 10 years ago, before all the full renovations… it was basically a bit toxic pit of rusted water… I mean, they had to do something with it… but when we were dangerously crawling over the roof tops it was painfully obvious many many homeless were living there quite comfortably in consideration… I wonder where they are all now, and I hope that the wine sipping inner-city yuppies that live around the area appreciate the pain and suffering that probably went into that graffitti that they wander around and think… oh isn’t that edgy, so very hip… you know, the images in my head of those that were dwelling there haven’t left, even when the theatre is full of comedy show goers… :-)

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 6 years ago

    Damn – would a quick whip around help??

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedover 6 years ago

    more, more, more, loving your journey updates!

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerover 6 years ago

    I would love one of those giant plastic balls.
    How about a whip around for one of those?

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 6 years ago

    Yes. The redevelopment plans are quite shocking.

    The environmental aspects are brilliant – but, it’s just ugly. They also seem to be attempting the creation of a new landmark building by trying to out-do the existing landmark building. Never a good idea.

    More piccies here.

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentover 6 years ago

    Complete lack of dignity. How horrible is the interior all shiny white and sterile??