James Capper Mudskipper performances on the Thames

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Unfortunately, performance demonstrations of MUDSKIPPER (scheduled for May 25 and 30 and June 9 and 10) have had to be postponed due to technical issues identified during final testing.

The launch of the artwork and performance demonstrations on the river and foreshore will be rescheduled in due course.

We apologise for any disappointment this causes and look forward to inviting you to see this exciting and innovative sculpture in the near future.


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. British artist James Capper will unveil this new large-scale mobile sculpture as this year’s Powerhouse Commission, an annual commission at Battersea Power Station.

The walking ship will take up residency at Battersea Power Station Pier directly in front of the iconic riverside building, making special performances on the River Thames and walking out of the water at certain points of low tide.

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 2019.

Battersea Park, Carriage Dr N, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ

Nearest train/tube:
Queenstown Road/Battersea Park

Event date: 25/05/2019
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