From chaos, creation
The windows go into production between eight and 10 weeks prior to launch. This starts with material research and sourcing, briefing craftsmen and prop specialists, site and build visits, and finally the install.
“We commissioned Charlie Whinney – an Eco-Artist specialising in wood steam bending – to create a bespoke sculpture. The wood comes from an ash tree that has been bent into a beautiful curved installation, using the ancient woodworking technique,” says Amy Fox, Production Manager.
“London Mouldmakers created casts of real rocks for our dystopian crash-landing scenes. Even though they are produced using bright-coloured pigments, it’s still important that they look like real rocks – it’s all about the attention to detail,” adds Amy.
“We are continually seeking out more sustainable materials to use in the windows. We’ve worked with recently graduated Artist Charlotte Kidger, who develops new materials and furniture from industrial waste, giving it a new life.”
“The installation of the windows happens over six to eight nights, with 20 to 30 people working each night to complete the build. When the display comes to an end, we work with charities such as New Life to re-use and recycle everything so little is sent to landfill,” explains Amy.