"My ladders provide an imaginative route
across the road" - Gitta Gschwendtner

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Designer Gitta Gschwendtner explains how historic underground tunnels inspired her installation of seven ladders bridging the street in this movie we filmed about the Seven Designers for Seven Dials aerial installations curated by Dezeen.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

"Each one of the apexes pointing towards the Seven Dials monument used to house a pub and the pub cellars used to be connected with vaults and underground tunnels to create handy escapes should the need arise," says Gschwendtner. "I was very interested in taking that escape overground and creating an aerial escape across the street."

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

Her configuration of seven ladders connected haphazardly above the road was inspired by cat ladders and fire escapes on buildings.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

Dezeen commissioned seven young designers to create seven installations to hang above the streets of Covent Garden during last year's London Design Festival, and Gschwendtner's Aerial Escape installation was located on Earlham Street.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

Movies we've already published from this series include Faye Toogood talking through her installation of 49 worker's coats and Dominic Wilcox describing why he chose to string up a row of bird cages.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

Gitta Gschwendtner also contributed a special edition from her Bodge Bench series to Dezeen's Stepney Green Design Collection - watch her talk about the project here.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

Photography is by Mark Cocksedge.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

The music featured in the movie is a song called Blue Sapphire by Remote Scenes. You can listen to the full track on Dezeen Music Project.

"My ladders provide an imaginative route across the road" - Gitta Gschwentdner

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  • Hornithologist

    It just makes sense!

  • John Ford

    Well that is a step up in the right direction! And jokes aside, its strangly beautiful.