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Iconic Art Deco Battersea Power Station

A Greek temple devoted to energy

Conceived as the first of the new “superstations” that would provide electricity for Britain in the 1930s, the iconic Art Deco Battersea Power Station was designed by Leonard Pearce, with help from the architectural practice Halliday and Agate. Construction was carried out in two stages.  Station 'A' was the first and station 'B', with the eastern chimneys, following in the early 1950s.  Designed by J Theo Halliday, the interior of the power station was decorated in Art Deco style and had lavish touches such as giant fluted pilasters, a grey Napoleon and Black Belgian marble staircase and majestic bronze doors. Some said the building looked like a Greek temple devoted to energy.  However, by the end of the 1970s, station 'A' closed and then station ‘B’ about a decade later in 1983.

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Pink Floyds Inflatable Pig Battersea Power Station

A 40-foot long inflatable pig suspended between two of the chimneys at Battersea Power Station, London, during a photoshoot for the cover of Pink Floyd's album 'Animals', 6th November 1976. Whether it was an epic publicity stunt or a genuine mishap remains a topic of debate in some circles. Either way, the cover shoot for 1977's Animals became one of Pink Floyd's signature moments.
Roger Waters and artist Aubrey Powell, co-founder of the art group Hipgnosis, came up with the concept of an inflatable pig floating over Britain's iconic Battersea Power Station. But things didn't go as planned at the December 1976 photo shoot, as the 40-foot balloon broke from its moorings on one of Battersea's southern chimneys, rising directly into the path of planes landing at Heathrow Airport. All flights were grounded, and Powell was arrested, even as police helicopters and the Royal Air Force arrived to chase the pig. It eventually fell to the ground miles way in Kent.
(Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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London Power at Battersea

6th April 1933: Battersea power station from the river. Iconic Battersea Power Station, conceived as the first of the new “superstations” that would provide the electricity for Britain in the 1930s. The building has lavish touches; majestic bronze doors & impressive wrought-iron staircase leading to the Art Deco control room. In the turbine hall polished marble & gleaming machinery led observers to liken the building to a Greek temple devoted to energy.
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Battersea Controls

30th August 1978: An interior view of Battersea Power Station, an Art Deco building in south London, showing scientific instruments and controls. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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