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In photos: the massive upside-down electricity pylon sticking out of Greenwich

In photos: the massive upside-down electricity pylon sticking out of Greenwich

A 35-metre tall electricity pylon has fallen headfirst into the Greenwich Peninsula. Fortunately this is not some modern version of Thor's wrath, but an installation by sculptor Alex Chinneck which references the history of the site – it used to house the largest gas and oil works in Europe. 'A Bullet From a Shooting Star' (which has a curled-up twin on display in NOW Gallery) is part of the London Design Festival and is visible from North Greenwich station, the Emirates Airline cable car, the Thames Clipper, Canary Wharf and from planes flying overhead.

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 Even sculptures that will end up taller than the Tower of London have to start small.

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 The foundations include piles that are 25m deep within 120 tonnes of concrete.

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Sculptor Alex Chinneck used materials which reflect other structures in the area, such as a redundant gas tower.

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The lattice is created from more than 450 pieces of steel with over 1,000 connection points.

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 The steel's combined length is 1,186 metres and it weighs a massive 15 tons.

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 It's lit up at night, casting an intricate shadow on the ground below.

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 And it makes the City look like a scene from a Marvel movie.

 Read more about A Bullet From a Shooting Star or find more London Design Festival highlights. 

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