Help Build A Tower This Weekend... Then Knock It Down

Phillipa Ellis
By Phillipa Ellis Last edited 28 months ago
Help Build A Tower This Weekend... Then Knock It Down

This weekend, French artist Oliver Grossetête will be inviting you to make your mark on London’s skyline by getting involved in the construction of two unique towers made entirely from tape and cardboard, with no assistance from machinery or cranes.

This latest incarnation of his work, which specialises in the recovery and reuse of items such as cartons, boxes and office rubbish, will bring his unique style of installation to artsdepot in North Finchley and The Albany in Deptford. Free workshops are running throughout this week in order for the various parts of the tower to be constructed, as well as exploring the practicalities of how best to assemble the structure. Children of all ages can play a part in creating the all important building blocks while adults are expected to tackle more tricky architectural details.

Sadly, you won’t have long to appreciate your efforts. Each venue (with your help) is planning to ceremoniously demolish the creations within 12 hours, with The Albany hosting a What Goes Up Must Come Down event featuring live music by London based British-Bengali band Khiyo, as well as unique street theatre act Lulu’s World.

Get involved with the People’s Tower:
artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 OGA
Workshops 5-6 August, 10am-1pm (free, drop in, no booking required)

Tower Assembly: Friday 7 August, 9am-5pm, in front of artsdepot. Demolition due to start from 6.15pm and expected to take up to 90 minutes (free, no booking required)

The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG
Workshops 5 and 7 August, 11am-1.30pm and 2.30pm-4pm (free, drop in, no booking required)
Tower Assembly: Saturday 8 August, 10am-3pm, Douglas Square (free, drop in, no booking required)
What Goes Up Must Come Down: Sunday 9 August, 11am-5pm, The Albany Garden (free, drop in, no booking required)

All events are weather dependent and subject to change.

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A previous People's Tower at Tara Arts, photo by Vipul Sangoi.

Last Updated 05 August 2015