Haffendi Anuar and Jesse Wine have been awarded the inaugural Powerhouse Sculpture Commission, writes Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. The pieces, which will be on display for three months starting this September, will be installed in the Circus West Village section of the neighborhood surrounding the Battersea Power Station, a former coal-fired plant built in the 1930s, known for its extravagant Art Deco interior design. Jude Kelly and Misha Curson, the artistic director of the Southbank Center in London and the deputy director of the Cass Sculpture Foundation, respectively, were judges for the commission. Kelly was also named the cultural advisor at Battersea Power Station in 2016.
Melissa Hamnett, the sculpture curator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, said, “The 2017 Powerhouse Commission is a chance to honor the existing Grade II listed architecture of Battersea Power Station and elevate the new architecture of the regeneration project that is taking place there.” The Cass Sculpture Foundation organizes the commission. Anuar and Wine’s works will also be up for sale. “Proceeds from the sales will be invested directly into future [Cass and Battersea] commissions,” according to a statement for the project.
Anuar’s work for the commission is inspired by Malaysian architecture, while Wine’s piece will allude to Henry Moore’s Three Standing Figures, 1947, which is situated in nearby Battersea Park.