This project was awarded a Special Award in the Landscaping category at the Natural Stone Awards 2012.
The official guide said, 'This is an interesting use of sculpture and decorative elements in stone in order to unify disparate elements of the area. It is one of a series of permanent art projects by Art of the Underground.
John Maine's work is grounded in nature, reflecting the location between the urban character of Piccadilly and the more rural Green Park beyond. It also reflects the stratas in the quarries from which the stone came and, in the turbulent swirls on the granite paving, both the ancient sea in which the sediments that would become the Portland limestone were laid down 150 million years ago, and an 18th century reservoir that once occupied this space in London.
In the walls, John Maine, who is best know for making large, outdoor sculptures, wanted to reflect the bed of stone in the quarry and has included contrasting layers of Portland beds (Jordans Basebed, Whitbed and Roach, Fancy Beach Whitbed and Grove Whitbed). He has carved into the smooth surfaces his interpretation of the fossils that appear in the shelly layers in a celebration of the nature of the stone.
Rounded corners to the building add to the feeling of solidity of the stone in the quarry while the wall coping's in Portland stone, the drip courses and the skirting of the building in Kemnay granite from Scotland establish horizontals that reveal the stone as more than a laminate.
This is a splendid example of integrating art within a structure.'
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