May 18, 2018
A major new sculpture has been commissioned and a project with local schools launched in Nine Elms this week to mark 2018: The Year of Engineering.
Year of Engineering is a UK-wide Government-led campaign to celebrate engineering and inspire young people to join the industry. The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership is an official Year of Engineering Partner and is working with local people to explore how engineers are shaping the area.
Wednesday’s event saw local schoolchildren invited along to Battersea Power Station to watch a screening of a new animation exploring major engineering projects in Nine Elms aimed at young people. The animation was created with local children in workshops with south London filmmakers Chocolate Films. The film encouraged young people to think of the way they would design and construct the new area if they were an engineer for a day.
In partnership with Chocolate Film and Battersea Power Station, schools were invited to come and hear from Nine Elms engineers about what they do and how they became interested in engineering before the screening, which included a tour of the Power Station.
Wednesday’s event also saw sculptor James Capper talking about his mobile mechanical sculpture Walking Workboat Mudskipper (2018), which will take its maiden voyage down the Thames later this year. The Nine Elms Vauxhall partnership co-commissioned the sculpture, which will examine the relationship between engineering, technology, human relationships and craft.
“As an official partner of the Year of Engineering, it has been pleasing to see so much community involvement in this project exploring how engineers are shaping the area.