Early in 2010 we had the pleasure of assisting artist Patricia Cain in sourcing some reclaimed wood flooring for her then ongoing project to document the building of the wonderful Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum. Cain had been commissioned by BAM, the main contractor, to produce a series of drawings, paintings and sculptures that captured the iconic building as it progressed through the construction stages. This series of paintings went on to secure the 2010 Threadneedle prize for the artist.
Patricia said “As a relative outsider I was given a real insight into the experience of what it’s like to be on site during the construction of a seminal public building. The BAM guys probably take it for granted, but the organisation of making a structure like this is like some complicated dance sequence.
“I came to appreciate how construction is all about management, being able to work with others and creating something through skill….so there are a lot of similarities with the process of making art.”
The exhibition has now moved to London and is currently displaying at Eleven Spitalfields from now until April 29th.