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 Dalston Mill 

Dalston Mill

A 16-metre high windmill has appeared at a disused site in the centre of Dalston - all in the name of art.

Experimental architectural artists EXYZT have created the project, as part of the Barbican Art Gallery's major exhibition Radical Nature, and staged as part of Hackney's CREATE09 Festival.

The aim was to create a peaceful place for local people during a time of great change in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The project is located at the threshold to the Eastern Curve, an area of disused land linking Dalston Lane with the back of the Kingsland Shopping Centre. This project highlights the potential of this hidden space.

With around 60 rotations per minute, the windmill produces enough electricity to grind wheat to make flour and bake bread.

Visitors to the site will be able to enjoy the wares of a resident baker, as well as a weekend bar and a vibrant programme of events. These include psychoanalyst Laurence Petit gathering thoughts and opinions about Dalston; a cake decorating workshop; pedal powered music with Magnificent Revolution; and a breadmaking workshop with Somerford Grove Youth Group.

The Dalston Mill site also features a restaging of pioneering environmental artist Agnes Denes' iconic work Wheatfield - A Confrontation, 1982, where she planted and harvested two acres of wheat in Battery Park landfill in downtown New York.

The entrance to Dalston Mill is located by the Peace Mural in Dalston Lane, just past Dalston Junction.


Performances, talks and bread-baking. Visit the Barbican website to find out more.



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Page updated: 13 Sep 2011 

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