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Superstructure [Hardcover]

Mark Power
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3 July 2000

Inspired by a global event, the Dome at Greenwich has been a British construction project of unprecedented ambition, an engineering feat of mind-boggling statistics. Superstructure is a remarkable record of the Dome’s genesis up to the day that it opened to the public, 1 January 2000.

The photographer Mark Power was granted privileged access to the site by the New Millennium Experience Company; he first visited the North Greenwich peninsula in October 1996, and in well over one hundred subsequent trips recorded its transformation from toxic wasteland to architectural icon. The Dome he portrays is a monument to human endeavour, a challenge of epic proportions realised against almost overwhelming odds, a place where colossal architectural components and brutal machinery have been tamed and harnessed through highly choreographed teamwork. His photographs are deliberately devoid of people – feeling that it would be inappropriate to focus on the role of individuals, he instead pays homage to the team spirit that has driven the project.

Companies from virtually every sector of the British economy, and further afield, have left their collective stamp on the Dome. Providing a counterbalance to Mark Power’s photographs, a list of over ten thousand names records the contribution of the vast number of organisations and individuals without whose tenacity the project would simply not have been possible – from those who decontaminated the peninsula to those who welcomed the first public visitors. Focusing on the people behind the project, this comprehensive roll call gives a very different perspective on the human resources that have brought the Dome to life.


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Illustrated (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002202050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002202053
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 28.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,284,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Power is a photographer who has had exclusive, unfettered access to all areas of the Greenwich millennium site since 1997, when it was merely a derelict, polluted building site. Since then, virtually day by day, he has captured the creation of the Dome and its contents on film.

His pictures are astonishingly powerful; they are certainly the most coherent, complete vision of the Dome by and individual photographer. Having visited the Dome well over a hundred times, Mark Power has truly managed to convey the spirit of the place.

Many tens of thousands of people worked to build the Dome – undoubtedly Britain's most famous new landmark – in little over two years. At the back of this book is a unique roll call listing every single one of their names – this book is a testament of the boldness of their endeavour and their sheer hard work.

About the Author

Mark Power is an experienced documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited widely and published in several major magazines, including the Sunday Times, the Observer, the Independent and the Daily Telegraph. His book, The Shipping Forecast, a photographic documentary of Britain’s most far-flung, seabound places, has to date sold over 10,000 copies. He has been a member of Network Photographers since 1988. In his other life he is a Senior Lecturer in Editorial Photography at the University of Brighton.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Power's long awaited second book 31 Dec 2003
Format:Hardcover
Mark Power’s long awaited second book Superstructure, which illustrates the construction of the Millennium Dome: beautifully reproduced in duotone and colour, Superstructure also includes an interesting essay by David Chandler which expertly contextualises the Dome itself and draws attention to the aesthetic of such public structures. Categorising the Dome as a “very public drama” Chandler emphasises the manner in which Power, while presenting a personal perspective upon the Dome, is acutely aware of past photographic projects centred around the construction of major buildings.
With the advantage of retrospect it seems nave in the extreme to think that, in today’s spin dominated world, such a vast project as the Millennium Dome might have been allowed to exist other than as a massively expensive ball for politicians to kick at each other. Superstructure however, in evidencing the majesty, the immensity and the detail which are brought together in the realisation of such a farsighted project, shows the building for the remarkable achievement it truly is.
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