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Thursday31 July 2014

First look: Assemble constructs canalside folly beneath Hackney flyover

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Assemble has revealed images of the Folly for a Flyover, a temporary structure for an empty flyover undercroft on the edge of the Olympic site in Hackney, east London.

The not-for-profit community interest company - which transformed a redundant petrol station into a temporary cinema last summer - is currently building the structure on the canalside site, to play host to a six-week programme of cinema, performance and play, from June 24 to July 24.

Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, the folly draws influence from the surrounding redbrick buildings of Hackney Wick, posing as an imaginary piece of the area’s past. Conceived as a building trapped under the motorway, its pitched roof will poke up between the two lanes of traffic on the A12, while a generous public staircase will step down to frame a performance space below.

The building is being constructed from railway sleepers – sawn into bricks and then threaded on ropes, to be hung off a scaffolding framework. It is being assembled over a month by a team of volunteer designers, artists and architects.

By day, the folly will host a café, events and boat trips exploring the surrounding waterways. By night, the building’s large outdoor steps will double as an auditorium to host a programme of screenings and performances, in collaboration with Barbican Art Gallery’s Watch Me Move animation show.

The building will be disassembled at the end of the summer and the components will find new uses across the local area. It is being funded by a £40,000 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Create Art Award.

 

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