Jason Bruges Studio has cancelled plans for a major public lighting installation after sponsors withdrew their support at the last minute.
The immersive artwork Ephemeral City was to occupy the vast P3 gallery in London’s Baker Street, NW1, forming a dramatic centrepiece to the public section of Onedotzero’s design education programme, which started on Monday.
But nearly half of the project’s sponsors and technology suppliers have pulled out of the deal over the past two months.
‘The loss of financial support is not surprising in these difficult economic times,’ says Jason Bruges, ‘but I am optimistic that we will attract further backing, allowing the installation to go ahead in the next two to four months.’
Bruges’ studio is ploughing some of its own money into the project, for which plans are complete and some elements already in production.
If it goes ahead, the installation is likely to appear as an independent artwork, rather than tied to a particular event such as Cascade. Bruges is ‘in talks’ with other venues to host the work.
Onedotzero admits that the loss of the installation is ‘disappointing’. It will be working with Bruges on a student project on London’s South Bank.