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kilpper-projects

 pigisback | london | 2006




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Late September - October, 2006
Exact dates TBC
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Pump House Gallery London has invited German artist Thomas Kilpper to develop a new project in and outside the gallery. This will include the transformation of the gallery's outside space into an allotment that will grow organic vegetables, a giant sculpture of a pig made from the trees cut down in Battersea Park and a new sound track fusing Pink Floyd with popular WWII war time songs.

Kilpper's projects often respond to the socio-political context of a location, playfully weaving local histories and current global issues with his personal political opinions. For this project he has taken a keen interest in the rich and complex history of Battersea Park and its surrounding environment. In particular he has looked at how the urban parkland was transformed into allotments and a pig farm during World War II, as well as the story behind the making of Pink Floyd's seminal album cover for 'Animals', which involved a 30ft tall inflatable flying pig over Battersea Power station.

Making reference to the wartime use of the park an allotment has been created by the artist working with young people in collaboration with Wandsworth Youth Offending Team. These young people are also involved in the gardening and maintenance - growing carrots, potatoes, cabbages, courgettes and pumpkins from seed. During the exhibition in autumn the ground floor of the gallery will become a kitchen and dining area where food from the harvest will be prepared and served to all.



Thomas Kilpper was born in Germany in 1956 and has received international critical acclaim. He has developed a number of important projects nationally and internationally, including Don't look back, Frankfurt, 1999 The Ring, Orbit House, London 2000; Al Hissan, The Jenin Horse, Jenin, Palestine 2003; Ulrike Meinhof, Berlin 2004; and Agenda 2010, Berlin 2005.

This project has been supported by the Henry Moore Foundation alongside in-kind support from Goethe Institute, Thrive and B&Q.






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