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Plunge was an artist’s imagining of a time, 1000 years in the future, when the effects of runaway climate change completely changed the London we know today.
Artist Michael Pinsky’s work was a simple, elegant statement placed on three monuments in central London: Paternoster Square Column, Sundial Pillar at Seven Dials and Duke of York Column. A string of low energy blue LED lights wrapped around each monument marked a time, 1000 years in the future, when sea level rises have changed the city beyond recognition. The monuments were ones that are passed every day by hundreds of thousands of people, whether tourists who stop to photograph them, or commuters who walk by every day without seeing them. Plunge offered an opportunity to see them in a new light, to think about their place in our history and their place in the city. Together, the Plunge monuments created an arc across central London, following the line of a future Thames that has swallowed much of the capital in its wake.
Plunge was created by Michael Pinsky and produced by LIFT and Artsadmin as part of the IMAGINE 2020 network. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the European Culture Programme, Trust Greenbelt, WWF-UK and the Big Give. In partnership with Royal Parks, Seven Dials Trust and Paternoster Square Management Limited.