The heart of UCL Engineering is the Roberts building, a Sixties tower housing hundreds of academics, labs and students all working to change the world. For somewhere that produces so many new ideas, however, it’s pretty old-fashioned. UCL Engineering is sponsoring a competition for students and alumni of the famous UCL Slade School of Art to create 10 storeys worth of artwork that will inspire and illuminate the nature of engineering at UCL. The winner will leave their mark on the building for years to come, get a kick-start in their career from a major project, and hopefully spark a cascade of creativity all the way from the Electronic and Electrical to the Chemical Engineering Departments.
The head of the Slade and the Dean of Engineering, with advisors, whittled down the project submissions to a shortlist of 5. Each of these artists is hard at work with the £200 they have been given to develop their submission further, and hoping to be the winner of this commission and the first prize of £7,000. Second and third prize winners will also receive a cash reward of £2,000 and £1,000 each respectively. So who are these artists, and what is their vision for engineering art?