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Bonnington Hydro Electric Power Station.

August 31, 2016

I’ve been interested in this Art Deco hydro electric power station for a while now and recently started making work about it – attracted to its architectural grandeur and position in this lovely rural spot, near the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark – its Art Deco lines, giant interior and the constant humming noise that fills the air around it.  I’m intrigued by the way that many of these power stations have their own private, manicured grounds – which nobody really uses but which just look nice. Bonnington, built in 1926, was the first large scale hydro electric plant in Britain. I’ve begun making weekly visits by train and bike – an adventure in itself – to make drawings, record sound and shoot video of the building and its surroundings.


Bill Day, who lives in the house which is attached to the power station, has this original pamphlet about the Lanark Hydro Electric scheme and kindly allowed me to photograph it.


Bonnington 1 from Ally Wallace on Vimeo.

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