The Beacon - Extinction Rebellion (0000)

Described variously as ‘organised crime’ (Priti Patel), ‘a war on free speech and democracy’ (Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph), and ‘it should win the Stirling Prize’ (Phineas Harper, Dezeen), these Extinction Rebellion bamboo structures, occupied by brave rebels, blocked the Murdoch organisation’s printing presses at Broxbourne in September 2020, halting the distribution of the next day’s papers. Subsequently five more stopped the HS2 construction work at Denham.

Based on Kenneth Snelson‘s steel tensegrity towers of the 1950’s, these structures were made from bamboo poles, taken from a van and erected in a few minutes. Designed by Julian Maynard Smith and Morgan Trowland for Extinction Rebellion, they are one of a series of lightweight bamboo structures intended and available for climate change protests anywhere. Previous structures were designed to block Westminster Bridge (a failure) and Oxford Circus (a success) in 2019.

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Extinction Rebellion by Phineas Harper - Dezeen
16 Sep 2020
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