This commission has come under a Section 106 requirement of the new development of student accommodation just off Cowley Road in Oxford. The brief was to create a durable wall mounted sculpture on the main gatehouse building that is on the road front of the development. The walls that I could use were specified by the architect and the commissioners A2 Dominion also wanted me to work with the East Oxford Primary School situated adjacent to the development.
The design work for this project was really great for me, I enjoy the research aspect and turning a 2D work into a 3D piece that works with the building and location and fulfils the H & S requirements and can be made to fit the building, on time and within budget.
The most challenging part was ensuring the metal art work could be fixed to the non-traditional brick-slip construction method - that each fixing hit a mortar joint and wooden batten behind. I made a lovely slotted punch to use for this that gave me some room for error on fixing.
The design had some alterations to make it fit the building and has had to be changed as the building has been completed to miss added obstacles like vents but is very true to the sketch work I started with.
|Melissa Cole East elevation Chapel St, Oxford Design 2 May 2013|