Lynn Dennison winner of the SUBTERRANEAN category of Sculpture Shock 2015, has moved into the studio and is now hard at work preparing her site specific spatial intervention for the Rotherhithe Shaft at the Brunel Museum. Lynn Dennison’s video installations explore our relationship with the landscape by combining elements of interiors and exteriors, invading buildings with images of nature, to create other worlds.
Built in 1825 by Sir Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Rotherhithe Shaft is one of the most important subterranean sites in engineering history. Sunk into the soft river bank through the downwards force of its own weight, the circular shaft provided access to the first ever successful underwater tunnel in the world running beneath the Thames. When the Thames Tunnel finally opened in 1843, the Rotherhithe shaft was transformed into the Rotherhithe Grand Entrance Hall, and on the opening day fifty thousand people descended the sweeping staircase to pay a penny to walk through the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. It housed an opulent subterranean world of market stalls, fire-eaters, and where infamous banquets were held. Later, the shaft slid into decline and became the haunt of prostitutes and thieves.
The pop-up exhibition will run from 14-17 May 2015.