Archway Tower ‘disappears’

06:32 07 May 2012

Ruth Ewan looks through the viewer in Holloway Road ©Davide Maione

Ruth Ewan looks through the viewer in Holloway Road ©Davide Maione

Archant

A new art installation allows the public to see what a skyline without the much-detested Archway Tower would look like.

It has taken artist Ruth Ewan four years to create the optical illusion through a static viewing device which was unveiled near the corner of St John’s Grove in Holloway Road last week.

It allows users to see the area in real time but special “subtractive reality” computer software eradicates the skyscrapper, which is owned by Transport for London and is currently lying empty, from the field of vision.

Ms Ewan, 31, said: “People can see the traffic, the weather, the correct lighting conditions, but not the tower.

“It was great seeing people’s reactions when they weren’t expecting anything, and seeing how instantly the penny dropped. It’s such a local bugbear, it was great to see the little moment of magic when they realised the tower had disappeared.”

She developed the idea four years ago when she was working with Archway resident Fang Sang on at the Byam Shaw School of Art in Elthorne Road, Upper Holloway. He told her that he’d like to see the tower “disappear” and she set about trying to make it happen.

The installation forms part of the How to Make Archway Tower Disappear project, which also includes a book containing accounts of the tower from people who have worked in it, visited it, looked at it and considered its relationship to the place and people of Archway.

It’s fourth work commissioned by long-term objective Alight – a collaboration between Central Saint Martins College’s projects studio AIR and Islington Council’s arts service to find ambitious temporary works that explore, reveal and animate Archway.

Ms Ewan added: “It would be great if it prompted something useful to be done with the building as it’s just sitting completely empty.”

The viewer, which was supported by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, is set to remain in situ for the next five weeks.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Ello is the new social network on everyone’s lips, but the question is, why?

Read more

Here are some tips from an expert on how to create the tricky Middle Eastern dessert.

Read more

The man in the moon may have been caused by a long plume of magma deep inside the moon coming to the surface.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Ello is the new social network on everyone’s lips, but the question is, why?

A step-by-step guide to getting reimbursed by TFL if you’re delayed on the trains or Tube.

David Cameron says William Hague is the greatest living Yorkshireman. We respectfully disagree.

The teenager is thought to have met up with a 17-year-old girl from London amid fears they have been radicalised.

Quirky London