My Commission at Somerset House, London
At the very end of last year I was commissioned by SAM Architects to make a piece of work for the new headquarters of a well known taxi app (no not Uber!) in the prestigious Somerset House in central London. The project was to be a collaboration between myself and Vic Lee. Vic is an amazing illustrator, you can see more of his work on his website here.
The commission was to add some artwork to the corridor of the offices, which was very long and empty. It was quite a daunting challenge, as it was such a long space and there was no way we could fill it all. It was also daunting because this was the first collaboration I’ve done of this kind so I wasn’t really sure how it would work out.
The theme was London/taxi based with a nod also to the other cities that the company has offices in.
Vic was to draw directly on the walls (though in the end he wasn’t allowed and had to use wooden panels) and my birds were to fly around his illustrations.
Another dimension to the installation was added in when they decided add in some arches in the corridor, the upholsterer Hannah Stanton was brought on board, see her website here.
It was a great project to work on, I made about 80 birds and leaves for the installation, mostly from London maps.
Here are a few images of the installation.
All images courtesy of Sam Architects/Rick Roxburgh