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CAPACITOR, LEA VALLEY, LONDON A series of man-powered flying structures populate a group of drifting park landscapes, traversing and grazing the Lea Valley. These lighter-than-air structures are powered by pleasure generated from the work and labour of the users. The structure consists of series of inflatable tubes filled with pressured helium. It obtains buoyancy through helium gas and hot air. It harvests energy from human power and heat generated within the gymnasium in the structure. When it needs external resources, it hovers over the local energy hub and absorb residual heat from microclimate of Lea Valley, such as chemical factories and house holds. Helium supported, they are lowered and raised by the capture and release of heat generated from the perspiration of their users. Excess heat is released through the perimeter sweat glands, and the structures encourage delirious speculative play, where the pursuit of pure pleasure is their function. Other elements suspended and drag: free-fall bogies, filigree machines, exoskeletal apparatuses, primary-drive vessels and collaborating assemblies.

‘The dream of flight is perhaps as old as man himself, and there can be few who have never dreamed of flight in one way or another, taking to the like a soaring bird or a floating cloud’ ‘The Zeppelin: The History of German Airships from 1900 to 1937’ by Christopher Chant, 2000 The Puller; Amphibious Vehicle Collage, 84.1cm x 59.4cm

IMAGINE - Fictional Architecture and the Liberation of Ideas  

Catalogue to accompany the IMAGINE exhibition, focusing on architectural drawings as an art form in its own right.

IMAGINE - Fictional Architecture and the Liberation of Ideas  

Catalogue to accompany the IMAGINE exhibition, focusing on architectural drawings as an art form in its own right.

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