12th March 2019
Today I went on a walking tour through London with my IVM peers and tutors. The aim for the day was to look at how typography/sculptures are situated in the environment.
We met at Tottenham Court Road station and walked to St Pancras International. Along the way we visited New London Architecture, the back of The British Museum, Russel Square, Tavistock Square and The British Library.
New London Architecture:
The New London Model was built by Pipers Model Makers, using laster cutting, hand made elements and 3D printing. Although the model had been temporarily removed, the map itself was quite impressive. It was interesting to see London on a small scale. Furthermore it was interesting to see the blue and green spaces in London.
Inside the NLA building were also small models of architecture under the exhibition name of ‘Forest Fabrication’. The exhibition features the ‘possibilities of modern timber architecture’. The models themselves were extremely detailed, even having small figures to imply the scale of the building. The models inspired me as they were very intricate and detailed. Even though they were small, the designers carefully planned every detail.
Here I have tried out a panoramic image at Russel Square. Russel Square is a good place to try something like this due to the nature of the centre, there is a perfect circle in the middle allowing for a easy all the way round photo. I do not think that this has particularly worked, if I entered my sculpture into the photo, I do not think that it would be effective at all. Therefore I think that when I record my sculpture I will have to take photographs all the way around it/and or make a video to portray its 3D quality.
The British Library
I particularly liked the typography situated at The British Library. I love how the gate was made out of letters. I feel that it creates a completely different experience when you enter. It makes it hard to not notice, if you did not know where the Library was you would certainly find it even from across the road. It certainly packs a punch. I also liked the Anthony Gormley sculptures situated in the courtyard. The sculptures are named ‘Planets’. The fact that they are high up and essentially put on a plinth portrays the idea that they are high end, as they are out of reach to the public. I also think it’s clever that the ‘planets’ are high up, as if up in space.
St Pancras International
We walked to St Pancras station. Inside the station there were several sculptures that caught my attention. The first is a statue of Sir John Betjeman by Martin Jennings. Holding on to his hat, it is as if he is looking up at the architecture of the station. I like this sculpture as it is placed on the upper part of the station, and Betjeman’s stance is perfectly in line with looking up at the station. The Meeting Place is a 30ft high bronze statue on the upper level of the station. It was designed by Paul Day. I think personally that the statue is slightly clunky, and I prefer Jennings’ sculpture as it makes sense where it has been placed, it is interacting with the environment, looking at the ceiling and the intricate architecture. Tracy Emin’s I want My Time With You is placed above the Eurostar terminal. Emin claimed that the text is not romantic, but addressed to Europe, portraying her stance on Brexit, aiming for people flocking from Europe to read the message. I personally think this is a clever piece of work as it focuses on political tensions, the placement is clever (it relates heavily to where it is situated). The bright pink lettering stands out against the grey structure of the station and the red brick.
What have I learnt from todays session?
- The context of what you are placing is more effective if the context of where you are placing relates.
- Think about does the sculpture react with the environment? Does it look like it has been chucked there or does it work well?
- Will it be easy to record?
- Will the object react well with the environment? (Inside/outside) (Weather proof?)
- How long is it supposed to last?
- Will audiences be able to touch it? Too high to reach? Will it break?