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Award-win­ning de­signer Morag My­er­scough talks about her love for metal struc­tures around the world

I have been to­tally ob­sessed with metal struc­tures for many years now. I don’t ex­actly know where this feel­ing comes from or why I have it. I’ve tried to an­a­lyse myself and I think it could be some­thing about the tem­po­rary na­ture of the struc­ture, the trans­parency, change and con­trast to the sur­round­ings. It could also be about how these struc­tures can en­velop an ex­ist­ing build­ing and trans­form it; how they can grow on top of solid struc­tures and make lin­ear geo­met­ric pat­terns.

I also re­ally love gas hold­ers and py­lons, and I par­tic­u­larly like bam­boo scaf­fold­ing. The best bam­boo scaf­fold­ing I have ever seen was in Yangon, Myan­mar. But I was told that once an old build­ing in Yangon was cov­ered with scaf­fold­ing, it would be shrouded and then pulled down, which felt very sad. I did try and do an in­stal­la­tion in Aus­tria us­ing bam­boo scaf­fold­ing but at that time I only found one com­pany who would do it for me. It was go­ing to cost one mil­lion eu­ros, and I only had 50,000.

My ab­so­lute favourite scaf­fold­ing struc­tures are the backs of some ad­ver­tis­ing hoard­ings that I saw when I was in Mex­ico in 2015. It was heav­enly to see so many struc­tures form­ing a whole land­scape above the build­ings, and many of them didn’t even have ad­verts on the front, which was even bet­ter.

Most of these signs were along the mo­tor­ways and so it was only pos­si­ble to take photos from car win­dows, which was not ideal. But it was still a great vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, just see­ing one af­ter the other, af­ter the other; draw­ing in the sky.

Scaf­fold­ing in Myan­mar (here and be­low left), Mex­ico City (be­low right) and San Fran­cisco (bot­tom right).

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