stoneCIRCLE was asked to produce Rhona Smith’s installation in New Burlington Mews. This is one of a series of public artworks in Regent Street which the Crown Estate has commissioned.
Rhona Smith is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. For An Age, An Instant she has responded to her research into the history of the Regent Street area which was a hub for watch makers in the early 20th century when the façade was rebuilt. The work takes inspiration from engravings on turn of the century pocket watches and offers a link to the past through a contemporary expression of mechanical time-keeping.
This project was the first time that stoneCIRCLE had used its water jet cutting machines for materials other than stone. The company routed out slabs of Portland Stone and cut the bronze which was inlaid into it. The Portland Stone cladding which ran the length of the Mews on both sides measured 14000 x 45000mm.
Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects Ltd
Client: The Crown Estate
Artist: Rhona Smith