The public artwork proposed for Hay Hill consists of 20 pieces of
sculpture and 22 lights which together make up the sculpture known as
‘Homage to Thomas Browne’
The sculptures are made of a combination of marble and granite, some
polished and shiny, some rough and matt. They are very strong and able
to be sat on and touched - in fact they are intended to be used as
furniture. They are inscribed with quotes from Sir Thomas Browne’s works
They are arranged in a pattern known as a ‘quinconce’ or ‘quincunx’, a
five-pointed diamond shape which Thomas Browne believed existed
throughout nature (he was born just before microscopes were invented).
The stones are very high-quality and beautifully sculpted by traditional
craftsmen in Italy who have been working stone for years. Norwich has
a history of importing stone for the cathedral and castle, and marble
from the same area was used in the famous Marble Hall, Surrey House
– the headquarters of Norwich Union in Surrey Street.
The stones are various sizes and will be securely pinned to the ground.
They will not be a hazard as they have a good contrast of colour
visibility and are clustered in an area together. It will be obvious that
they are a group of pieces and people can choose to move between
them or around the space if they prefer.
The stones will be lit at night by subtle uplighters which will illuminate
the stone pieces but also create a mystical glow. These lights are part of
the work. They are set into the ground and will use as little power as
possible to illuminate the stones.
There will still be stalls on Hay Hill and the traders on those stalls will
have information about the work.
The artists intended the space to be used as a meeting place and
somewhere to sit and reflect and watch the busy world go by. See WORKSHOP, for the bigger picture.
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lousat (82604) 2014-03-26 2:09
Hi Iain,truly an excellent macro,not easy to have details so perfect,a nice idea for an interesting pic,it's nice to see something of different,i like it! Have a nice day and thansk,Luciano
snunney (89996) 2014-03-26 3:42
This close-up version is very successful indeed. Ideally framed and exposed. Fine rendering of the detail in the marble work. We are into a period of April showers here; absolutely poured down yesterday, better today with some pleasant sunny intervals. Thanks for sharing.
ikeharel (62959) 2014-03-26 9:56
Both photos are most intriguing photography, Iain.
Fine close-up on the marble cube, details shown beautifully, carvings are exquisite sight here. The stone texture is marvelousely collected.
jhm (144294) 2014-03-26 11:17
I find your workshop maybe better than your first picture.
But this is a choice of me, the photographer makes his choice.
The artist has this excellent made.
Lovely big pictures, with nice light and colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ktanska (25899) 2014-03-26 13:33
Interesting to see such clear marble texture on a sculpture of an eye. I didn't at first notice the edges on top and left so it was a fun surprise to see the WS and notice that there' wasn't a whole head presented.
mesutilgim (89124) 2014-03-27 12:06
Very well observed and captured ! Great graphical effect.
TFS and best regards