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).