Conceptual artist Alex Chinneck has been commissioned to create an installation for Greenwich Peninsula as part of the London Design Festival 2015.

Alex Chinneck’s ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’

‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ references the industrial history of the peninsula which once included the largest oil and gas works in Europe and a steelworks. Whether you consider it to be inspired or ridiculous there’s no doubt it will get people talking.

Greenwich  Peninsula, which has been for so long a blank canvas with only the residential blocks of the Millennium Village at one end and O2 arena at the other dominating the skyline, is now being transformed at a rapid rate.

AHMM’s Scape Student Residences

Exciting new developments are springing up all over the area such as AHMM’s innovative Scape student residences and Marks Barfield’s NOW Gallery. Some others are inevitably a little more unremarkable. But as new isolated developments are completed, and with no real built urban context to relate to, these new buildings can often look like they have been shot into the earth from space. A bit like a.. erm… pylon.

Marks Barfield’s NOW Gallery

All of this activity, pylon darts included, makes Greenwich Peninsula the most exciting area of regeneration in London and, together with the upcoming crossrail connection at Woolwich, will lead to the transformation of a vast area of south east London over the next decade. One to watch closely.

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