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Plunge into the depths of secret London and discover something completely out of the ordinary this week; The Bascule Chambers beneath London’s iconic Tower Bridge.
The bascules are the counterweights that enable Tower Bridge to open up and allow passing river boats through. The bascule chamber; where a much anticipated upcoming exhibition, ‘Blackout’ will take place, is the negative space beneath, which allows huge weights to be deposited at various points throughout the day, when this process occurs.
Usually off-limits to the general public, this remarkable feat of Victorian architecture and engineering is once again opening its doors to host ‘Blackout’; an immersive video projection and sound installation, curated by the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. Inspired by documentary wartime photographer of police officers Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs, the exhibition explores the narrative of the Blitz, which obliterated the majority of London’s square mile between September 1940 and May 1941.
Each hour-long performance will showcase commissioned new works created by artists from Guildhall’s BA in video Design for Live Performance.
Tickets are available via the Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891.
Due to tight space restrictions and steep stairwells, regrettably this event is not wheelchair accessible.
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Photographs courtesy of TimeOut and Tower Bridge websites.