2013, 01 / Casting London

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Casting your own piece of London before your eyes, young Londoners pedal-manufacture souvenirs bringing micro-factories back to the city.

Casting London is a project which redefines the line between mass manufacturing and craft by providing on-demand, at-site micro-manufacturing for souvenirs. The small pewter mementos evoke memory by capturing the essence of the location and theatre of making.

The tricycle-powered mobile units are located near London landmarks and create objects for tourists in small batch productions . They are operated by british young people and allow precision and detail, while maintaing the human connection.

The project is a direct reaction to 91% of souvenirs sold during the London Olympics being manufactured outside the UK. The mass-produced globalised souvenir presents an inherent conflict to the increasingly self-aware consumer. While the desire for shiny machine-made objects remains relevant even in the digital age - tourists are increasingly conscious about the carbon footprints of souvenirs available in London. Casting London provides a new alternative to unseen mass production of emotive objects.

Group project with Shruti Grover, Peter Codling and Nayoung Kim.

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Casting London on The Brompton Pitch from Chin-Wei Liao on Vimeo.