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Listed Works
Harrods
Curzon Cinema - Mayfair
Liverpool Cathedral
Clifton Cathedral Bristol - stations of the cross
Cement Concrete Association

Techniques and Media
Cement Sculpture with Faircrete
Plaster
Etched Glass
Glass Fibre Cladding
Glass Reinforced Plastic
Metalised Concrete
Inlaid Chipboard
Aluminium
Large Scale Concrete Sculpture
sandblasting
Scaling a Pattern
Metal Moulding
Recycled Glass
Recycled Furniture
Corten Metal Fountains
Water features
Other Projects
Clatterbridge Cancer Research Hospital
Humanities Building at Manchester University
Honolulu Civic Square
Lee Valley Water and Swiss Cottage Community Centre
Motorway Bridge Designs
Wellington College
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Harlow Civic Water Gardens
London City Council
minut Men
Manchester Piccadilly Hotel
Deptford High Street
Recreational Structures
Vintage Car Rally
Various 1960's concrete works
Miscellaneous
Bay Area Transport System
Qatar
The Ritz
Proposed Fulham Stadium

Clifton Cathedral, Bristol

Faircrete

During the late 50s-60s and the early seventies, companies were encouraged to invest in Research and Development and were given extensive tax incentives to do so. This led to many innovative techniques and a resurgence in the crafts.

One such invention was "Faircrete", produced by John Laing, the builders.

Faircrete, a form of concrete, could be cut and formed whilst in a wet state, and retained its shape whilst in the process of drying.

It occurred to me that if an image could be transferred to wet finished flat surfaces, and one was quick about it, a carving could be executed in a fast, economic manner.


fig. 1

Thus, a drawing in soft charcoal could be spread over the wet surface, pressed into the surface (fig 1), and removed, leaving behind an inlaid line, which could act as an outline for carving (fig 2 and 3). When I did this, I was tempted to not carve it at all, as the drawing transferred perfectly and presented a "there for ever" fossilised look!

fig. 2 fig. 3

The Stations of the Cross


The "stations" are placed in alcoves, each alcove being illuminated from above, giving a striking, top lit effect. Each panel is approximately 2000mm by 1500mm


Accused

Arraigned

Scourged

Falling on the road to Calvary

Onlooker takes pity and assists

Crucified

Thief Repents

Mary at Calvary

The Doors


The doors pivot on a central point. They are finished in nickel silver.


The door pushes carry the crest of the diocese, also in polished nickel silver.

The Lectern


The lectern has a similar texture, to make an integrated whole, with a similar treatment to that of the textured doors.