A giant structure in the middle of a community. A chimney of brutalist architecture that dominates a British landscape and awaits its demolition. The stories that can be told about its decades of existence through the eyes of those who got used to it.
Fawley, a 200 metre chimney is the protagonist, and between various archives and current images, a narrative that tells the story of this building is constructed. Unique in the brutalist architecture of the time, it stands on the territory. It immerses itself in the marshes, in the soil, in the micro-organisms; we see insects in close-up, webs, electrical networks, landscapes and memories that saw the chimney rise up. Testimonies provide details of its construction, the impressions made, the dreams… We point out its disturbing figure, “cathedral of power”, futuristic, “tree”, pulsating, vibrant object, and we draw a deep reflection of the role of this building-being with a remarkable presence – absence – in a universe in transformation. (Carlota Gonçalves)