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Skystation at the Hayward
Start Date 08/07/2009
End Date 14/09/2009
Location London 
Country United Kingdom 
Description Skystation, a new interactive public sculpture, launches at the Hayward Gallery this Summer

Cultural agency Futurecity is launching an interactive sculptural seating project by Peter Newman as part of an exhibition of the artist's works in and around The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London.

The Skystation is part of a larger public seating project initiated and curated by Futurecity. The aim is to develop a constellation of Skystations in 100 locations across the UK and internationally called the 100 places project. This will become a shared public art experience across the whole network. The project will be linked by a collaborative website. Orders have already been taken for the piece to be placed insitu in Cambridge.

Peter Newman's Skystation is a circular sculpture, inspired by the form of Le Corbusier's iconic LC4 chaise longue. The contours of the work are designed to fit the reclining human figure and the work has been developed to be sited outdoors, to encourage contemplation of the vast expanse of space above and beyond.

Skystation is part of a new initiative by Futurecity to launch Futureditions, an online gallery of limited edition art works developed in collaboration with artists and designers. Skystation is the first edition available from Futureditions. This work will be available in a limited edition of 100.

Mark Davy, director of Futurecity commented: "Futureditions is a place where people, companies, organisations, towns and cities can invest in cultural currency. Culture is the glue that binds us together; it creates identity, wellbeing, authenticity and originality. Why have a bench when you can have a beautiful object that can be both observed and used?"

A prototype of Skystation will go on show outside the Hayward Gallery, on London's South Bank, from 8 July until 14 September. It will then move to 100% Design, Earls Court (18 to 21 September).

Other highlights of Peter Newman's exhibition include: A series of photographs which record the sky in different cities around the world. These photographs are taken using an ultra wide-angle lens, originally invented for astronomy, that captures a 180 field of view and are the starting point behind his design of Skystation.

"Free at Last", a video piece which will be projected on to the side of the Royal Festival Hall after dark. The seven minute film depicts a man attempting to perform yoga in a skydive free-fall, dressed in a saffron coloured jumpsuit. 

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