Malaysian sculptor’s artworks to grace Battersea power station

 |Aug 10, 2017
Haffendi Anuar. – Facebook pic

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian sculptor has been chosen as the co-winner of the first-ever commission for outdoor sculptures at the Battersea power station project in the UK.

According to UK daily the Guardian, Haffendi Anuar and Jesse Wine, a UK-born sculptor based in New York, were selected from a shortlist of artists from various countries including the UK, Denmark, Japan and Switzerland by a panel which also included the project site’s cultural adviser Jude Kelly, the report said.

Their works  will be on display for three months from next month.

Haffendi’s work will involve a “site-specific series of columns” inspired by columns in Asia that are used to keep buildings such as fishermen’s homes above water, the report said.

The power station had stopped generating electricity since the 1980s. It was purchased in 2012 by the Malaysian consortium of SP Setia, Sime Darby and Employees Provident Fund for redevelopment.

The multi-billion ringgit redevelopment in London will see new shops, offices and 20,000 new homes being built on the 42-acre site, with a six-acre public park and town square also expected.