Balfron Tower’s human face
East London’s Balfron Tower has become the setting for a photo shoot designed to show the connection between the building and its residents.
Artist Simon Terrill invited residents of the Erno Goldfinger-designed concrete tower to display themselves on their balconies and doorsteps and took a series of photographs over two hours. He said the resulting mural-sized photograph, “The Balfron Project”, would “generate an arena for reciprocal viewing”.
The image gives a vivid portrait of the grade II listed tower 44 years after it was completed, allowing people to judge whether Goldfinger’s utopian vision, built close to the Smithsons’ Robin Hood Gardens, was realised.
The photograph is part of an exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery in east London, featuring documentary footage and photographs by Ollie Harrop and Tim Bowditch. The show runs until January 23.
Terrill is part of a wider group of artists living in the tower under a scheme led by the Bow Arts Trust, aiming to introduce a creative community to ex-local authority flats in the area.