|Eden Project - ‘Seed’, by Peter Randall-Page|
FOR THE CORE, EDUCATION BUILDING, EDEN PROJECT, CORNWALL
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Architech on the Eden Project and President of the Royal Academy of Arts, has said: "I think it is a wonderful thing when a work of art and a building come together like this. The geometry generated from the Fibonacci series unites the two but until Peter's wonderful sculpture arrives the building seems to lack a vital organ."
On 11th June 'Seed' will be lowered by crane through the roof of the Eden Project’s education building, (known as The Core), to sit within the bell-shaped chamber specifically designed and built to receive it.
The sculpture will be officially opened 3.30pm, 21st June and subsequently visitors to the Eden Project will be able to experience the stone within its chamber.
The monumental ‘Seed’ makes a play on scale offering an Alice in Wonderland-like experience: Alice who grows to fill a room and also shrinks to be dwarfed by ordinary objects.
Randall-Page wanted to separate this inner sanctum from the bustle outside to give the chamber a meditative and contemplative quality. ‘Seed’ will be lit by natural daylight filtering down through the central aperture. The changing weather and seasons will play across the sculpture’s undulating surface.
Art and Architecture
Jolyon Brewis has said ‘Seed’ was not only a fitting centrepiece for the building but was a crucial part of it:
“The design of this building has been a true collaboration between architects and an artist. Peter Randall-Page has been involved in setting the geometry of the structure as well as the design of the sculpture inside.
“The roof of the building is based on spiral geometries found in nature. They can be seen in the heads of sunflowers and many other plants. They are linked to the system of proportion used in classical architecture and have a well-known mathematical basis.
Peter’s sculpture will sit in a specially designed room at the heart of the building and will be carved with the same pattern of spirals. This will be much more than a sculpture inside a building. Art and architecture combine in a way that is rarely achieved. This should be one of the finest rooms in the world.”
Peter Randall-Page - career
A book about Peter Randall-Page’s work with an essay by Steve Connor will be published by Cameron Books in Spring 2008.
Peter Randall-Page is happy to do interviews and any further information can be supplied by his studio or on www.peterrandall-page.com
|©Peter Randall-Page 2016|