Monday, 11 February 2013

Trawsfynydd Power Station Film Star

We heard news here at the Oakeley Arms that a new film star is hiding within our midst (or should that be mist....?!)
News came last week that nearby Trawsfynydd Power Station, the nuclear power plant that was built in the 1960's, was the subject of a groundbreaking new film that was shown at the Tate Gallery in London at the beginning of the month.
The film is part of an exhibition called Performing Architecture, that explores some of the famous modern and industrial architecture of Britain that has now lost their original use and purpose. Trawsfynydd Power Station has been shut down since 1991 and is now undergoing a process of decommissioning to make the site safe.
The distinctive buildings of Trawsfynydd Power Station
Image by Russell Neailey onWikimedia Commons
The distinctive buildings were designed in the 1950's by renowned architect Basil Spence, who was well known for his stark, angular design of industrial buildings. The film created at Trawsfynydd is called Emptyspaces, and intends to explore many issues such as how the building sits within the natural landscape, it's cultural and historical significance, especially to the local area and people, and also asks the burning question - what does architecture become when it is no longer useful? 
Do you love it or hate it?  Is it an important industrial landmark or a blot on the landscape of Snowdonia? Whatever your opinion, the building is unique and it certainly leaves an impression on you.
You can find out more about the project on the Tate Galleries website, click here.
To find out more about Trawsfynydd Power Station, click here
The power station sits on the edge of Llyn Trawsfynydd in the shadow of the dramatic hills of Southern Snowdonia.
Image by GFDL-SELF-WITH-DISCLAIMERS/William Connolley via Wikimedia Commons


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