Skyscope Go Live!

July 18, 2008


"Skyscopes made me smile - they looked really striking and were a great focal point in a municipal space. I loved being on the ground and having a view of London that I'd normally never get to see. They should be there all the time!" - said Rachel after visiting the Skyscopes at Canary Wharf

Superblue presents 'Skyscopes', periscopes with a twist, changing your perspective on the architecture and environment of Canary Wharf at Fresh Perspectives as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2008, Canary Wharf Jubilee Park. June 26th - 29th.

The ‘Skyscopes’ are a family of periscopes, that allow you to take a look from the roof of the famous London landmark building Canary Wharf.

Leo (aged 4) said
"I liked the sky periscopes. I could see people on the street and they looked really small and I could turn them around and see the river too."

You will find these periscopes in Jubilee Park close to Canary Wharf station. One of the ‘Skyscopes’ is looking out over the London skyline, the other gives you a bird’s eye view of the people walking 200m below.

The installation streams live footage from cameras on the roof of Canary Wharf. As you move the ‘Skyscope’ you control the orientation of the camera and your view of London. This allows you to take a fresh look at London, the theme of the London Festival of Architecture this year.

"I thought that the Skyscopes being enabled by the surrounding technology was interesting not least because Canary Wharf is wired into the rest of the world through data and communications networks, which are largely voice and data. Using skyscopes to look around where that data and communications flows in and out was intriguing. One could easily imagine the Skyscopes being connected to more distant locations." - said Peter Baldwin, Marketing Manager, Corus Solutions

The ‘Skyscopes’ have been commissioned by Canary Wharf Ltd and have been created by design consultancy Superblue. ActionTimeVision has delivered the technology solution.

top page photo by James Champion
bottom 2 images by Peter Matthews



Further Links
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click on Canary Wharf Arts and Events for more information on things going on at Canary Wharf.
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with thanks to Axis Communication for loaning us a great camera and all the team at Canary Wharf