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Mountaineer prototype by James Capper

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 JuneSunday 30 June

12.00 -17.00

Event location details

Exhibition Road

Be on the lookout as you walk up Exhibition Road for the robotic, insect-like sculpture that will be making its way along the road. The sculpture is part of the artist James Capper's Earth Marking series of kinetic works, shown as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend’s Public Art Trail in collaboration with the Great Exhibition Road Festival.

The Mountaineer Prototype sculpture weighs nearly a tonne, looks like a robotic insect and moves on four hydraulic legs. Two joysticks control each leg; one for the telescopic and steering functions at the top, and the other for moving the lower part of the limb. The sculpture "is not a robot; it's not autonomous," states the artist James Capper. It adopts the techniques, materials and complex problem-solving processes of innovation and engineering to develop the possibilities of sculpture.

For two days, visitors will be able to view the Mountaineer Prototype in action, operated by trained volunteers from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art.

Event categories

  • Adults
  • Families with under 7s
  • Family with 12+
  • Family with 7+
  • Exhibition