AA’s Driftwood

Approaching the AA (not to be confused with Alcoholics Anonymous) yesterday on my way to browse the bookshop and to see some of the summer show, imagine my surprise when a rather large plywood structure caught my eye and inspired a small detour.

Based on work by an AA student, Danecia Sibingo, and sponsored by HOK architects plus the self-styled environmentally friendly Finnish timber company Finn Forest, the ‘pavilion’ had attracted a good number of mostly young people who were peering up and through its delicate yet surprisingly rough plywood construction.

Driftwood Pavilion by AA students

Driftwood Pavilion by AA students

Perhaps indeed ‘ghastly’ as one friend who had seen it said. But I for one thought a supple  sculpture in a mundane but locally underused material, is as good a temporary use of this expanse of hard landscape in rectilinear Bloomsbury as any other.


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