The structure – named Take My Lightning but Don’t Steal My Thunder – is the work of artist Alex Chinneck, and will take the form of a “hovering” market building within the main Covent Garden piazza.
Chinneck has designed the piece to reference the scale and features of the buildings surrounding it, creating a surreal architectural interlude that apes places such as Inigo Jones’ St Paul’s Church, but while never touching the ground.
More than 50 people are involved in the construction of this seemingly impossible structure, including architectural consultants, structural engineers, steel fabricators, carpenters, carvers, casting specialists, set builders, scenery painters, water jet cutters, hot-wire cutters and a robot, we’re told.
Previous artists to have created installations at the Covent Garden piazza include Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Paul Cocksedge, Banksy, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Martha Fiennes.
Alex Chinneck’s Take my Lightning but Don’t Steal my Thunder will be on display daily on the East Piazza of Covent Garden, London WC2E 8HD from 2 – 24 October 2014.