By Jamie Shorten - August 2020
SHARKS!, the winning proposal by architect Jaimie Shorten takes inspiration from the Headington Shark, the full-scale fibreglass sculpture of a shark that crashes into the roof of a terraced house in suburban Oxford. Installed in 1986, the Headington Shark was the subject of a prolonged campaign by Oxford City Council to force its removal. Eventually, the case was assessed by the Department of the Environment in 1992 which decreed that it could remain, noting that ‘the shark is not in harmony with its surroundings, but then it is not intended to be in harmony with them’.
Applicants to this year's Antepavilion competition were invited to make proposals that referenced Hackney Council's ongoing campaign to demolish the previous Antepavilions that have been built at Hoxton Docks. The winning scheme by architect Jaimie Shorten comprises a group of full scale replica sharks which will be installed in the Regents Canal. A live broadcast via Zoom featured performances and conversations from the launch night.
From 7-axis CNC rendering to results
Four out of Five....
Correspondence and legal Documents
Dezeen: Antepavilion juror attacks "pathetic" council for blocking Sharks! installation with court injunction
The Architect's newspaper: 2020 Antepavilion sharks stranded by local London council
The RIBA Journal: Four SHARKS! arrive in Regent’s Canal – to council’s horror
"6 van loads of police officers stormed and pulled the plug on DistDancing’s performance on the 30th of August and we were forced to shut down.
The arts have been suffocated enough in these difficult times, and as most Cultural events are being attacked by both the police and city councils, streets like soho where restaurants and pubs are overflowing with no one way system, no face covering, no social distancing and not one police enforcement are thriving". https://www.instagram.com/_distdancing_
Please SAVE Antepavillion and DistDancing by emailing your support!!"
If you agree that public art should be supported and the structures of Antepavilion should not be demolished prematurely please this document to email the Planning inspector who will consider the planning appeal against Hackney Council who are trying to close Antepavilion down. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jwatyVNUtGwojX9SR1nGsEUq92DW9LL6LhzuNza1wTg/edit
The Guardian: Social DistDancing: street ballet surprises make hearts leap
Daily Mail: Enchanting moment Royal Ballet dancers perform a duet on London canalside to an audience of walkers and cyclists on the opposite bank
Skint London: Catch these FREE canal side Royal Ballet displays all summer
Time Out: Hoxton’s outdoor ballet is under threat – here’s how you can help