Vertical Shell is a unique site specific sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Tobias Putrih at South Bank Tower, the iconic new 41-storey riverside mixed-use development by independent real estate firm CIT. Curated by Futurecity and developed in collaboration with architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and interior architecture and design practice, Johnson Naylor, Vertical Shell is Tobias’ largest permanent installation to date. Inspired by South Bank Tower’s extreme vertical space, Tobias was commissioned to create a structure that integrates with the contemporary architecture and utilises the sheer dimension of the new triple-height residents’ lobby.
Vertical Shell is one commission that came out of Futurecity’s commission programme for South Bank Tower. Futurecity’s approach creates a long-term curatorial scope with key opportunities for the arts to be part of the buildings design and surrounding public realm in collaboration with lead architects KPF and major internationally renowned artists.
As part of this strategy, Steve McCurry was also commissioned to document the creative people and places of London’s South Bank area in ‘People & Places’. The photographs will be used to showcase the creative businesses of the area in a unique publication, a public exhibition and foldout information pamphlet.
Tobias Putrih is an artist who develops utopian and visionary concepts through a range of makeshift temporary environments and materially ephemeral sculptural projects. He reimagines the notion of the'monument' as something fleeting and experimental; something that is ever-changing.
"The installation reflects and enhances the cultural and artistic heritage of the South Bank area, which is fast becoming one of London’s most desirable districts."