Crowd Control

Installation using found materials.
Commissioned for the Market Estate Project, London.
6 March 2010

In response to the Market Estate's history of marches, protests and vandalism Rich used materials from the building site and the vacant flats to produce a series of navigable barriers which evoked the image of lines of riot police. The rear of the structures were heavily braced, as if to withstand a surge.

It is ambiguous as to whether the riot-clad forms were on the side of the police (i.e. authority, ensuring the demolition goes ahead) or part of the building (attempting to save itself).

Guardian short documentary about the project here.
Independent online photo article here.

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