The power station has appeared in many films and records since it opened in the 1930s, including The Beatles film Help!, and the inner cover of The Who’s Quadrophenia, but is perhaps best known for gracing the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals. A giant inflatable pig, which may or may not have broken from its tethers, floats above the power station. The image alludes to the allegory-laden content of the record, which, as CityLab points out, was a critique of capitalism during the turbulent punk era of the late 1970s that leans heavily on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. And now a company that sells very expensive pieces of technology (with very good margins) will be the building’s main tenant.

In its review of Pink Floyd’s album at the time, Rolling Stone said: “The tension that powers their music is not simply fright at man’s helplessness before technology; it’s the conflict between the modern and the ancient, between technology and tradition.”

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