Heatherwick stops traffic at the V&A

Wednesday 08 Aug 2012

London designer collaborates with S3i Group to create suspended traffic cone installation

Thomas Heatherwick has become a household name across the world after lending his unique design aesthetic to the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, a gleaming copper structure whose outstretched ‘petals’ closed to a flaming bud during the opening ceremony just ten days ago.

Today we bring you another of Heatherwick Studio’s latest projects in London. This spiked installation formed of pure white traffic cones greets visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) through the main entrance. An exhibition of Heatherwick Studio’s work is currently on display at the V&A and includes a model of the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Cauldron. WAN’s Arts and Media Correspondent, Amy Knight visited the display in June…

Not only does the installation draw curious passers-by into the ‘Designing the Extraordinary’ exhibition but it acts as a temporary shelter during the cloudbursts so often experienced during British summers. 208 painted cones have been used in total, each banded with reflective material to shimmer in what little sunlight London may receive this year.

Working in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio on the project is S3i Group, a stainless steel specialist. S3i has strung the cones up in parallel rows using 6mm and 12mm stainless steel wire rope. Suspended in each of its four corners, the mass of cones dips in the centre as a swathe of fluid material. ‘Designing the Extraordinary’ will be open to the public until 30 September 2012.

Sian Disson
News Editor

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