The artwork was built and designed by artist Joseph Williams and his Bamboology team, with engineering from AKT II.
This demountable sculpture showcases the structural potential of Bamboo, through a combination of architecture and engineering. It was first delivered, complete with a pavilion canopy at Rye Nature Reserve, and now morphs into a singular spire of optimism in central London: The Beacon of Hope.
The Beacon of Hope was originally delivered for Climate Art, which was led by Rye’s upcoming Bridgepoint arts centre. The sculpture was first constructed on the nature reserve’s beach where it took form as Rye Harbour’s ever-present yellow-horned poppy flower.
The artwork has been now morphed into a singular, eight-metre-tall spire which signals the potential for art, architecture and engineering to come together to highlight the current global crisis.
Together AKT II and Joseph Williams, along with his Bamboology team have together innovated several novel design features, through a highly computational approach. The construction allows a ‘light touch’ intervention, and leaves no lasting footprint to any natural site.