Your brand new, totally free, print edition of Gasholder hits over 100 outlets in eight postcodes today (see below for stockists), featuring a first look at King’s Cross exciting new freshwater art installation on the cover.
Of Soil and Water: Pond Club (its full title) gives people the chance to swim in the shadow of towering, noisy cranes, shifting mounds of rubble and tumbledown Victorian railway infrastructure as part of the area’s ongoing art programme, RELAY.
Daily ticketholders change in stripy bathing huts before climbing the gentle incline up to the water’s edge (the pond having been entirely fashioned out of derelict land), before plunging in to surprisingly clear waters.
Check out the pics we took on a preview trip around the site this week, ahead of it’s imminent opening:
The pool is the work of artist Marjetica Potrc and Dutch architects Ooze, who have collaborated on many other projects, including a wind-powered lift attached to Folkestone’s majestic mainline viaduct as part of last year’s Triennial art event.
The water is totally chemical-free, being purified via the natural filtering process of 4200 (count ’em) wetland and submerged water plants. These only recently arrived from greenhouses in Dortmund so, as you can see in these first photos, the area is yet to bloom into the lush oasis of swaying grasses and wild flowers promised, but the installation has got a two year lifespan before the bulldozers encroach on this tranquil corner, so expect the look to be ever-changing.
More info and tickets when they become available from the King’s Cross website.This month’s cover feature also reveals our top 10 beach and swimming hotspots across this part of the capital, from the peacock-like promenading up at Hampstead Heath’s famous ponds, to the blazing summer sands of Camden Beach over at Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse.
We also take a stroll on the beaches of the Thames with author and keen urban swimmer, Caitlin Davies, plus explore the British Library’s summer blockbuster show: Magna Carta.
You’ll find reviews of ever-mobbed Granary Square fave Caravan and #foodporn specialists Yeah! Burger, plus all the regular monthly highlights.
Here’s where to find a copy, FREE at key pubs, bars, shops and cafes in eight London postcodes: N1, WC1, N7, EC1, N1C, NW1, W1 and NW5.