Stanton Williams attracts on Stonehenge and Shakespearian theatres for Henge set up

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2022-09-22 10:15:50

British structure studio Stanton Williams seemed to historic and historic communal designs when creating Henge, a sculptural stone set up that’s on show in Canary Wharf as a part of London Design Pageant.

Positioned at Wren Touchdown in London’s enterprise hub Canary Wharf, the monolithic Henge set up includes thirty 2.4-metre-high stone slabs, every weighing 300 kilograms and constructed from Jurassic limestone.

These stand on plywood seats and have been slotted collectively by structural engineers Webb Yates utilizing computer-cut items of plywood to type a circle overlooking a canal.

Thirty slabs of Jurassic limestone make up the set up

Stanton Williams labored with stone provider LSI Stone, Webb Yates and design company Experimentadesign on the challenge, which was designed and in-built simply six weeks and assembled like “a baby’s toy”.

“We needed to get a particular, very small crane to elevate the stone into place with all of the bushes round,” Stanton Williams co-founder Alan Stanton informed Dezeen.

“They managed to assemble it so all of it goes collectively – a bit of bit like a baby’s toy.”

Exterior view of Henge installation in Canary Wharf
Henge was positioned inside an present circle of bushes

The best way during which individuals surrounding a performer make “structure with their our bodies” was one of many principal influences on the round design, which Stanton hopes shall be used each for performances and as a spot to relaxation.

“Now we have {a photograph} taken from the highest of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, trying down on the piazza, and you may see mime artists, flame throwers and sword-swallowers, and every one has a crowd of individuals round it,” Stanton mentioned.

“And the form of the group modifications based on what the actors are,” he added. “So we have been excited about the way in which that folks make, successfully, structure with their our bodies round some form of actor efficiency.”

“We thought, let’s do the simplest factor, a circle, which is the Shakespearean O – the picket O, which lots of Seventeenth-century theatres have been constructed round,” Stanton mentioned.

In one other nod to its theatrical references, Henge additionally has a small spherical stone “stage” at its centre, which the studio hopes will encourage individuals to participate in communal actions within the circle.

A visitor sits on a plywood bench in a stone circle
The set up was designed as a communal house

Stanton Williams additionally drew on the traditional design of Stonehenge when creating the set up.

“Stonehenge has an amazing form of permanence about it, so we have been fairly excited about that and naturally, it prompt the concept of a circle,” Stanton defined.

Stone and plywood seating
The stone rests on plywood seating

“Using stone instantly prompt not solely Stonehenge but additionally one of many 130 henges which might be throughout Europe, primarily within the Celtic international locations – in Britain and in Brittany in France,” he added.

“They constructed these circles, and no person is aware of what they have been for – besides we all know that the circle is a strong, bringing-together form of architectural form.”

Detail of how stone slabs are connected by plywood
Plywood brackets join the stone slabs

Henge will stay in situ at Wren Touchdown past the London Design Pageant, till 20 October, after which it is going to be disassembled and recycled.

“The stone can very simply be returned and used for one thing else – paving or constructing materials,” Stanton mentioned.

“The timber base could possibly be merely recycled however we thought it will be very good if we may discover a faculty that we may give it to; they may use it as their very own little theatre house within the playground or comparable.”

The images is by Mark Cocksedge.

Henge is at Wren Touchdown till 20 October as a part of London Design Pageant 2022, which takes place from 17-25 September 2022. See our London Design Pageant 2022 information on Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the various different exhibitions, installations and talks happening all through the week.



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