Harley Street Carved Panels

London W1

Simon Keely
Art Projects (on behalf of a private client)
Completion Date:
Portland Stone:
Jordans Basebed
Scope of Project:
Ornate Stonework and Masonry

Simon Keely was asked by Art Projects to produce a series of designs of healing plants. These were to be carved in low relief and to be set into an historic façade of a Clinic development at 120 Harley Street in London.

After months of research into various healing plants and frequent visits to the Chelsea 'Physic Garden', Simon composed a design which has an appropriate classical style for the age of the building.

The doctors in the clinic chose 7 of the plant designs and Simon selected many more, rearranged the remaining array of healing plants around a series of strategically placed 'volutes' (a spiral scroll-like ornament which forms the basis of the capital of the Ionic column).

Simon then began the clay work, modelling the whole arrangement, life-size; a topographical 'map' a reference from which he created the carving. Once the clay was completed and approved, Simon started to produce a hard reference guide, which is the traditional method used in stone carving.

'The carving was very challenging and extremely rewarding. Meticulous modelling has helped develop and understanding of the forms before and during carving in the glorious Portland Basebed Limestone. The panels were installed by Paye Stone on August 7th 2009, they were an excellent workforce.' (Simon Keely, Project Designer and Mason)