New Arup Exhibition Explores Concrete
Arup’s latest exhibition ‘Concrete Inspirations’ celebrates the innovative use of reinforced concrete in architecture, art and engineering.
The exhibition focuses on two of Arup’s most interesting projects from the founding years of the firm in the late 1940s: Busáras, Dublin’s main bus station, and the monumental Brynmawr Rubber Factory in Wales, both of which were seen as ground-breaking designs for their time. The exhibition also explores the ingenuity of those responsible for the soon to open Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, Taiwan, designed by Toyo Ito and Associates, Architects, and engineered by a multi-disciplinary, multi-national Arup team.
Alongside showcasing notable Arup projects, Concrete Inspirations presents the work of artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Demand, Luisa Lambri, Simon Phipps and Rachel Whiteread who have all been inspired in different ways by the material and provide fresh perspectives on its potential.
The exhibition includes sketches from the Arup archives, on display for the first time, as well as photographs, films and architectural models within the surrounds of an extraordinary concrete structure designed by Interrobang Architecture and Engineering.
“Concrete has been at the heart of an astounding range of creativity across different disciplines historically and continues to fascinate and be pushed to new extremes by artists and designers today.”
– Jennifer Greitschus, Head of Exhibitions, Arup
The exhibition is co-curated by Jennifer Greitschus and Deborah Smith and runs from the 14 July until 7 October 2016 at Arup, 8 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BJ.