on 31 December 2003
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 naïve 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.