Sculpture in Southwark to form festival centrepiece

By James Renoux-Wood - Fri 9 August 2013, 2:51 pm

An innovative sculpture will be installed outside the Tate Modern during this year’s London Design Festival.

The 'Endless Stair' (above) was conceived in January 2013 by dRMM architects and will be constructed by Nüssli, an international company specialising in temporary, permanent and modular structures.

Design leaders dRMM worked with the global firm of construction specialists Arup, as well as teams in Italy and Switzerland, to research and test material for the project. It will be the first to use American tulipwood, cross-laminated timber and is designed to be endlessly reconfigured ­– an idea which takes its inspiration from the work of Dutch graphic artist, M. C. Escher.

Professor Alex de Rijke, director of dRMM, said: “The London Design Festival team decided the best location for the Stair’s debut is outside the Tate Modern, Bankside.

"The programme of modern art and architecture, combined with the Thames panorama of London, provides a context to which dRMM’s Escher-inspired installation can make a distinctive contribution."

The installation opened to the public on 13 September 2013.

Chris Dercon, director of Tate Modern, said: "Tate is delighted to support the London Design Festival with a location for the Endless Stair and we look forward to the installation on Tate Modern’s north landscape, being a major attraction of the festival this this."