As part of the Enderby Wharf development Barratt London has committed to creating an art work that the public can interact with, and which depicts the rich industrial history of the site. To do this Barratt London has engaged the services of East London based artist, Bobby Lloyd, who has worked with Barratt London on previous projects.
In January 2018, the Enderby Group (EG) was invited to attend a meeting with Barratt London, alongside the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) culture officers, in which Bobby described her concept for the art work and timescales for the project. Barratt London invited the EG to work with Bobby to provide historical and technical information that would inform the installation. In addition, the EG were invited by Barratt London to act as a conduit to feedback the opinions and reactions of the local community to the project.
Bobby’s concept involves the sculpting of three seating areas that will be scaled up from cross sections of iconic subsea cables from each of the three transmission eras of submarine cable systems:
The Telegraph Era: 1850-1956
The Telephone Era: 1956-1986
The Fibre Optic Era: 1986 to present day
The three sculptures will be positioned on terraces to the south of the refurbished grade II listed building, Enderby House – outside the new flood defence walls and across the river footpath from the main Enderby jetty. The research and design phases are scheduled to commence in February/March 2018, with construction and installation set for April/May 2018.
The EG also understands that becg intends to run a competition for the public to name this area and the EG have been invited to put forward some suggestions.
The EG is delighted that Barratt London has chosen the theme of subsea cable for this art work, as the modern world is so dependent on submarine cable system technology for access to the internet and the Greenwich Peninsula has such a long and unique association with this vital but unsung industry.
Subsea cable manufacture came to Greenwich in 1851, when part of the first successful submarine telegraph system between Dover and Calais was made there. The industry association with Enderby Wharf began in 1857 and the first attempts to lay an Atlantic Telegraph. It is an industry that the British dominated for well over 100 years and Greenwich still boasts the world’s leading submarine system supplier in Alcatel Submarine Networks Ltd (ASN). For more information on the history of Enderby Wharf’s association with subsea cables go to.
The EG also believes that this art installation will fit well with the Pender Plaza concept that it has been promoting for some time. The objective of this proposal is to make the public space around Enderby House a focal point on the river path around the peninsula. The EG will continue to liaise with ASN, Barratt London, RBG, U+I (developers of the Telegraph Works), possible future owners/lessees of Enderby House and local residents’ associations, to promote Pender Plaza alongside Barratt London’s art installation and perhaps expand them further, through co-ordination of historical themes across what was, until 2008, the 19 acre Enderby Wharf submarine cable manufacturing site.
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