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Pump House Gallery - main entrance

Pump House Gallery – main entrance

My ‘relaxing in a green space’ agenda in Battersea Park last week took a cultural turn before long: I strolled into the 1861 ‘Pump House Gallery’ – the name gives you an overview of its heritage and current use.

So, if you’re not into galleries or disused pumping stations why visit?
Well, we know from the Tate Modern experience how powerful these contrasting purposes can be when brought together.

Industrial parlance is enlivened by the delicate touch of the artist. Four floors have been created in the cavernous brick envelope. Flush finished timbers, frameless glass and shadow gaps respectfully contrast with the rough textures.

View from the 4th floor gallery

View from the 4th floor gallery

 

New metal staircase hints at industrial heritage

New metal staircase hints at industrial heritage

Architecturally the building is beautiful and after its rebirth, aided by an English Heritage grant in 1988, it has transformed into a unique folly. Its previous life as the coal powered steam generator to circulate water in the boating lake is behind it. Ahead are days of calm repose, echoes of fun and frolics of the park, and quiet contemplation of the twists and turns of life.

Room with a view

Room with a view

To read more on the Pump House’s architectural features via English Heritage’s listing click here.

To find out what is showing in the gallery click here.

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