Inside the Boiler House of White Bay Power Station
|Painting the chimney stacks from inside the Boiler House.|
I had always meant to do more painting inside this room. It has always lost out to the more spectacular turbine hall and the iconic Mullens St facade with the strong diagonal of the coal loader zig-zagging across the towering stacks.
This vast cavernous room is about absence rather than presence. Three out of the four original boilers have been removed, leaving gaping voids. Talk about 'negative space'! The room reeks of loss.
|Painting inside the Boiler House|
The parallel vertical lines of the window sheeting contrast with the horizontal pattern of the iron. The severe geometry is interrupted by a mad little squiggle of barbed wire perches on top of the corrugated iron sheeting with a baroque flourish.