© Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones
Like every major world city, London embodies and perpetuates different forms of power, from economic, financial to historical. For this theme, Graves and Madoc-Jones explored specific facets of power, from the ceremonial symbolism of the Royal Family, to the tangible power generated by, and located on the Thames.
In The Mall – Royal Power the flagpoles that line the road leading up to Buckingham Palace are substituted with sentries of windmills – a moment where new power replaces the frippery of royal symbolism. All is not lost however as each windmill is decorated with the standard royal crest, mimicking those found on the flagpoles on the Mall. As security controls restricted normal photography on the Mall, the artists took a series of furtive shots and stitched them together to re-create the fictional processional route.
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