Red Banana produced, filmed and edited this film to get insight on the tricky means of transportation and planning that took place for the precise installation of the sculpture. Starting at its roots on the outskirts of London and all the way in to be installed outside the brand new Francis Crick Institute next to Kings Cross St Pancras, we interviewed many people involved such as designers, engineers, planners, developers, scientists, builders and artists to get a grip on the scope of the mathematical decisions behind moving and placing such a large structure.
We filmed every step of the journey, from it being assembled in the warehouse and lifted on to the moving truck, to the race across the city to beat rush hour, and finalling hauling it off the lorry, setting it down in the ground and bolting it in place. Using multiple cameras so we caught all angles of the trip, we also managed to incorporate timelapse techniques to capture the ride and lifting at a fast rate.
A staggering 14 metres high and made of weathered cor-ten steel, the sculpture entitled 'Paradigm' provides a strong, visual statement. Conrad Shawcross was commissioned by the Crick to create a stunning piece of public art to be located in front of the new institute. Funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the sculpture is an astounding feat of engineering and continues the artist's long standing collaboration with structural engineering practice Structure Workshop. Starting from a base of under one metre wide, which seemingly punctures the pavement, each subsequent tetrahedron grows steadily in volume to the top tetrahedron that is a monumental five-metre wide width and height.