Unpainted Reliefs

Detail of two clay panels for Sai Ying Pun MTR station, (left) noodle shop, (right) lantern shop
Royal Bank of Scotland new Headquarters, Edinburgh. Relief panel 183cms x 122cms 2004-5
Royal Bank of Scotland new Headquarters, Edinburgh. Relief panel 183cms x 122cms 2004-5

Above is the completed clay for a commission to record the building of the RBS new headquarters in Scotland, similar in style to an earlier relief of Glaxo Smith Kline new headquarters using the architects map in the centre with corresponding building activities happening around the map. The clay has to stay wet by wrapping it every night in damp cloths to stop it from drying out. I often cast sticks & plastic pipes into the moulds some of these can be seen at the top right section used to make the windows & ceiling details. Finished version can be seen in "Construction projects, UK" .

RBS the construction team working offices, clay ready for casting into resin 2004-5
RBS the construction team working offices, clay ready for casting into resin 2004-5

Above is the completed clay relief of the construction team at RBS project in Edinburgh. I had a desk in this office so spent a lot of time photographing & sketching the people. I worked from many images of people at work, their desks, the way they made calls, used their computers to help capture the atmosphere of a typical day in the office. As there are over 60 characters it appears like a fairly squashed office, the desks & chairs have been used as a way of dividing the space. For finished painted version please see 'Construction Projects, UK' in this website.

Clay detail in progress, directors in a meeting, standing looking at the architects designs.
Clay detail in progress, directors in a meeting, standing looking at the architects designs.

(Left) is a close up detail of the directors looking at the plans for the new headquarters. The man with his arms crossed is Sir Fred Goodwin much talked about in the media since. These were worked from photos that I took in one of the many meetings held on site, each head is about the size of a golf ball.

Above left, clay detail of the ringside crowd. Above right, Daniel Mendoza, bas-relief, bronze resin cold cure 81cms x 59cms, 2008
Above left, clay detail of the ringside crowd. Above right, Daniel Mendoza, bas-relief, bronze resin cold cure 81cms x 59cms, 2008

Bas-relief plaque, commissioned by the Jewish East End Society to commemorate Daniel Mendoza (1764-1836) the father of scientific boxing or the 'hopping on your toes' style of boxing. The image of the crowd in hats is taken from an aquatint 1790 by James Gilray & the actual image of Mendoza from a print by Charles Jean Robineau 1789. The plaque was unveiled by Sir Henry Cooper in 2008, it is now displayed on the library wall of Queen Mary's College, Mile End London near where Daniel Mendoza was buried in the Nuovo Sephardi cemetry.

Sir Henry Cooper