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Thomas Heatherwick’s Gorgeous Recycled Traffic Cone Canopy Greets Visitors to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum

Posted By Lori Zimmer On August 8, 2012 @ 5:08 pm In Architecture,Art,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

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Heatherwick Studio [2]‘s arched traffic cone canopy hangs like a chandelier, adorning the ornate Victorian stone façade of the South Kensington Museum. The site-specific installation was designed in conjunction with UK-based stainless steel solutions group S3i [3].  S31’s oxidized steel frame holds the strings of stainless steel wire rope which support the structure, creating a curvilinear field of hanging cones. With each corner held taut, the canopy dips in the center, like architectural hanging chain models.

Protruding toward the ground and fanning in every direction [4], the traffic cones [5] are transformed from their utilitarian purpose into plastic stalactites. Instead of safety orange, Heatherwick painted the 208 cones white. Retaining one safety detail, each cone is wrapped with a reflective band that glistens in the sunlight. The installation casts a mosaic of diamond shadows on the ground and against the museum’s grand entrance.

With the simple yet eye catching installation, Heatherwick takes a common object out of its usual environment, removing it from its utilitarian context and exploring new possibilities for the object’s design. “Designing the Extraordinary” is a special exhibition on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum until September 30th.

+ Victoria & Albert Museum [6]

+ Heatherwick Studio [2]

Images by Lori Zimmer [7] for Inhabitat

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-hanging-sculpture-by-thomas-heatherwick-greets-visitors-to-londons-victoria-albert-museum/heatherwick-traffic-cones-victoria-albert-museum2/

[2] Heatherwick Studio: http://www.heatherwick.com/

[3] S3i: http://www.s3i.co.uk/

[4] fanning in every direction: http://inhabitat.com/construction-complete-on-the-uks-stunning-seed-cathedral/

[5] traffic cones: http://inhabitat.com/ultra-mod-cone-light-made-from-recycled-traffic-cones/

[6] + Victoria & Albert Museum: http://www.vam.ac.uk

[7] Lori Zimmer: http://www.artnerdnewyork.com

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