The Mall – Royal Power

© 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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3 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This must be part of the fabled Central London Wind Farm of 2019, installed by the LibDem/Raving Monster Loony Coalition government of the time. If you look very carefully, you can see the single telephone kiosk that, on a good day, this array of turbines will generate enough electricity to power.

  2. eva leczycka
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    beautiful images.
    scary? I don’t think so. most of us are so attached to our reality and our world and so terrified of losing it. the nature is fluid and elastic. humanity made it’s mark on this planet and perhaps enough is enough; maybe it is time to purge the homo sapiens off the planet earth. maybe it’s a good thing?

  3. Posted April 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    They’ll also save from bringing in expensive tree contractors to prune the Mall’s plane trees!

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