The flue tower of a new Low Carbon Energy Centre has become a 49m high canvas for Conrad Shawcross RA’s The Optic Cloak: Shawcross’ largest and most ambitious public commission to date. As part of a wider cultural vision for this rapidly evolving riverside district in South London, Futurecity originated, curated and managed the project. Over 100,000 vehicles pass The Optic Cloak on the Blackwall Tunnel approach each day. It can be seen from land, river and air. Its shape joins a landscape that was already bristling with sculptural forms: the O2, the Emirates Cable Car, Gasometer, the distinctive architecture of Ravensbourne College (the university for design and digital media). The area is now home to a trio of public realm works by three Royal Academicians – Richard Wilson’s Slice of Reality, Sir Antony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud and now Conrad Shawcross’ The Optic Cloak.
Selected Press: NOW Gallery: The Optic Cloak by Conrad Shawcross; Dezeen: Conrad Shawcross forays into architecture with faceted tower that “defies definition”; Wallpaper: Conrad Shawcross: exploring the work of British art’s brightest star
Imbued with an appearance of scientific rationality, Conrad Shawcross's sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics.