Thanks to being a Tate member, yesterday I had the chance to visit the old oil tanks underneath the Tate Modern.
These giant, empty concrete spaces are soon to be redeveloped to become exhibition and performance spaces underneath the new extension that will open in 2012, providing additional space for the gallery’s collection (and to provide room for the 5 million annual visitors, as the current space was only designed for 2 million)
As the old tanks are still untouched, we had to be kitted up in hard hats and high visibility jackets, which is clearly a hot look:
The tanks are pretty vast, and it was great to have the opportunity to be one of the few people to see them before the development starts. Apparently they’ll be leaving them (or at least one of them) as bare concrete, so not far off how they are now.
The rest of you will have to wait four years to see them!