Railings for London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in steel
Shortlisted by LBRT, 2018
Art consultant: Modus Operandi
The design for these railings takes inspiration from the Tudor History of the Richmond area.
Oak was used persistently by the Tudors for its timber, and used mainly for shipbuilding, most famously for the Mary Rose which was a very important vessel in the reign of King Henry VIII who invested heavily in guns and fortifications. During the Tudor period, much ancient oak woodland in Britain was harvested for timber.
When oak is cut in the ‘quartersawn’ fashion, beautiful patterns known as ‘medullary rays’ are visible in the grain. These appear as wavy ribbons which run adjacent to the regular grain of the wood. My design is based on my own drawings of quartersawn oak and these organic rays which are apparent.