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Artists’ new centre ready for business with body hanging by its foot

PUBLISHED: 20:11 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

ORGANISERS are making final preparations for London’s first artistic creative industries’ centre. The new Metropolitan Works in the East End opens its doors for business on Wednesday with an exhibition including a life sized body sculpture in iron hanging by its foot

ORGANISERS are making final preparations for London's first artistic 'creative industries' centre.

The new Metropolitan Works in the East End opens its doors for business on Wednesday (February 4) with an exhibition of new works by artists.

These include Antony Gormley's life sized, cellular geometric body sculpture in iron hanging by its foot from a steel beam in the Machine Hall.

The 'revolutionary' £4.5 million structure, designed by award-winning architects Cartwright Pickard, is providing technology, training and workspace for designers, artists, architects and other businesses to develop creative ideas with access to the latest digital manufacturing facilities under one roof.

The building in Commercial Road, Whitechapel, is enveloped in perforated aluminum panels representing old technology, with a laser-cut frieze in swirling patterns expressing the capacities of new technology.


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