In collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace
St Paul's Cathedral, London
London Design Festival 2011
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and constructed between 1675 and 1710, St Paul's Cathedral provided the context for an installation commissioned by the London Design Festival. Wren’s architecture is rich and complex. Pawson's intervention within it was conceived to allow the visitor to focus his gaze on a less familiar element, the Geometric Staircase in the Cathedral's southwest tower, which is a detail, but also a complete moment in its own right. A concave Swarovski crystal meniscus - the largest commissionable lens - was located at the bottom of the stairwell, resting on the highly polished surface of a metal hemisphere. A spherical convex mirror, suspended in the tower's cupola, hung directly over the hemisphere. Acting in concert, these optical devices produced a composite image of the view up through the tower and the elevated downward perspective, visible to visitors gathered round the hemisphere.
Photographs Gilbert McCarragher