Pascal Bronner and Thomas Hillier of FleaFollyArchitects (TB-107) have been commissioned by the Greenwich Peninsula and NOW Gallery to create a brand new public artwork.
Located on Millennium way and conceived as part of the ongoing Peninsula regeneration, A Pinch in Time takes inspiration from the surrounding rich and industrial context within which it sits. Pascal and Thomas created an overlaid pattern using circular motifs from the area, such as the Blackwall gas tower, the Millennium Dome and the Great Hall of Queens House, which they then coloured, scaled and manipulated to create a vibrant form imbued with the past. This layered pattern was then digitally printed, by Liverpool based Tilefire, on 20 x 20cm ceramic tiles, totalling 1250 tiles that were each one of a kind. FleaFolly wanted to create a bold and distinctive pattern across this 9 x 6m wall but also wanted it to go beyond a flat tiled mural to create something with a more spatial quality that would not only surprise the passer-by but change across the day under different weather conditions and when viewed from different perspectives. To achieve this, FleaFolly enlisted Articole Studios, a fiberglass fabricator with experience in making props for theatre, TV and film. A 3 x 3m fiberglass mould was produced that sits at the centre of the tiled wall creating a literal ‘pinch’ in the mural that pulls the tiled skin out and away from the building creating a new extruded formation. FleaFolly tiled the wall alongside tiling specialist Colin Barber and was generously supplied their tile adhesives by Ardex. For more information on FleaFollyArchitects go to www.fleafollyarchitects.com Images: courtesy FleaFollyArchitects, 2018