A giant helicopter, a chair that inflates around you, and an entirely novel new design for a ground-based wind turbine can all be found in Hyde Park, London, at the moment - they're part of the Royal College of Art's "Great Exhibition 2007". The annual degree graduation show put on by the college is normally held inside their own galleries - but this year, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the South Kensington Cultural and Education institutions established in the wake of the Great Exhibition of 1851, everything has gone in a huge tent in Hyde Park.
Kevin Haley's 'Fountain of Youth' - as part of 'Happily Ever After' - an architecture project which re-imagines the St. Thomas' Hospital Site for a very different world in the year 2029.
Whether or not the tent is a success is open to debate - the quality of the floor is highly questionable, and some of the exhibition stands and layouts are quite poor, but it has undoubtedly provided more space, and attracted a higher number of visitors than usual. The actual quality of the work inside is beyond question. We're going to do a more in-depth review next week - so before then, do check out the exhibition if you get chance. The Great Exhibition tent is on the southern side of Hyde park, next to the Albert Memorial - which is opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Open daily until 28th June (Thursday) from 12pm until 9pm (except Tuesday 26th - closes 5pm). Admission is free. Further details here.
Disclosure: I am a part-time researcher in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art.
Posted by Joseph Simpson on 25th June 2007.