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Observatorium. Newton’s Cottage. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

newtons-cottage-04 Newton’s Cottage is a sculpture and architectural installation by Rotterdam-based art/architecture collective Observatorium. The large scale site-specific wooden structure follows the line and form of the original canal lock keeper’s cottage, dating from 1967, that once sat at Carpenters Road Lock over the River Lea in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Named after C. Newton, the last lock keeper on the site, the project celebrates the history and heritage of the location and a six-kilometre network of waterways, known as the Bow Back Rivers. The construction of Newton’s Cottage was made in collaboration with the Building Crafts College in Stratford and features traditional crafts and making techniques.

newtons-cottage-03 newtons-cottage-01 newtons-cottage-02 newtons-cottage-05Commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, Newton’s Cottage as part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s arts and culture programme.

Events: Throughout October and November 2014 Newton’s Cottage will host a series of events and activities.

Location: Carpenters Road Lock is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Images of Newton’s Cottage, courtesy of Thierry Bal




About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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