British artist James Capper is set to unveil his new large-scale mobile sculpture MUDSKIPPER in Battersea on 30 May 2019.*
As this year’s Powerhouse Commission, an annual commission at Battersea Power Station, MUDSKIPPER is a fully-mobile sculpture (9.2 metres in length and 12 tons in weight) which has the ability to move across water and land on-shore through the use of two step-type propulsion legs.
The walking ship will take up residency at Battersea Power Station Pier directly in front of the iconic riverside building and make special performances throughout May and June, when it travels down the River Thames and walks out of the water at certain points of low tide.
The first public performance is on Saturday 25 May at 11.45am on the river path by Chelsea Bridge car park in Battersea Park, SW11 3NJ.
See performances of James Capper’s MUDSKIPPER sculpture:
Inspired by early invertebrates, and echoing the brave leaps made by those into a new and unknown world, MUDSKIPPER challenges the definitions of engineering and art and the interconnections between the two.
James Capper’s mobile public sculpture MUDSKIPPER is the Battersea Power Station Powerhouse Commission for 2019. MUDSKIPPER is co-commissioned in 2019 in partnership with Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms on the South Bank and The Royal Docks; it is produced by Illuminate Productions. Albion Barn acquired the original workboat with James Capper and published the MUDSKIPPER maquette.
The project is also supported by Arts Council England, Hannah Barry Gallery, Perkins Engines and Thames Clippers, with additional support from the Science Museum Group. MUDSKIPPER.
The mobile public sculpture will engage and integrate with the life of the River Thames, undertaking a series of tests and demonstrations on the River and its foreshores in May and June 2019.
Battersea Park, Carriage Dr N, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ
Queenstown Road/Battersea Park
Event date: 25/05/2019
Open from 11:45 to 13:00