As winner of the SUBTERRANEAN category of Sculpture Shock 2015 Lynn Dennison's site specific spatial intervention for the Rotherhithe Shaft was on show at the Brunel Museum from Wednesday 13 May to Sunday 17 May.
Sited in one of the most important Subterranean sites in engineering history Dennison’s installation Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song, named after the poem The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, flooded the shaft with the sights and sounds of the nearby River Thames. Visitors had a heightened sense of their own vulnerability as they shuffle through the restricted street level entrance and emerged into the immense space of the shaft, now commandeered by Dennison’s sub-aquatic world. Despite its initially unsettling impact, and its correlation to historical events in the shafts creation, Dennison was not trying to convince her audience that her projected illusion was real. On the contrary she challenged them to discover the slender margin between reality and fiction as they descended the scaffolding staircase and became immersed in the crashing waves. By seamlessly combining these two supposedly incompatible environments Dennison hoped to illuminate the sublime beauty of the landscape and uncontainable power of nature as she asked her audience to think again about the environment that surrounds them.