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Canary Wharf
London, UK

A 40m wide and 9m high section of the main façade of the Laban Dance Centre, Deptford (Herzog & de Meuron Architects, 1997), was simultaneously constructed and deconstructed in the heart of Canary Wharf. Built from white lightweight concrete blocks and supported by a system scaffolding structure, each section of the façade was visible for only a single day, before being deconstructed and rebuilt as the next section in the architectural sequence.

In addition to the sculptural artwork Transfer Laban was also uniquely developed and presented as a series of new public dance performances developed in collaboration with UK choreographer Charles Linehan and students from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. These performances were presented on site in Montgomery Square as part of the project launch and during intervals in the sculptural construction process.

The build and deconstruction of Transfer Laban was captured in Laban transferred, a video installation and as a series of long-exposure photographs.

Transfer taban was commissioned by Locus+ in partnership with Canary Wharf
Arts + Events, Sculpture at Work as part of London Festival of Architecture 2016.

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Photographs Transfer Laban bw