‘Text Wall’ Regent’s Quarter, King’s Cross, London; 6.3 x 2.8 Meters; commissioned by P & O Developments in 2004. Cast Aluminium LM25. The principle notion was to design and make the mural using digital technologies. The visual notion is based on printers’ ‘type-chase’, a frame that holds type in place whilst in the printing press, before the digital age. It suggested the random application of words. Philip acquired all the names from the English Heritage document that was made for the clients to understand local history and conservation requirements. The background is the first map to show King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, the Gas Works etc, as the new technology of the day. The 47 polystyrene mould patterns were digitally CNC cut in Wales and sand-cast in London. Philip wanted the artwork to reflect upon modern digital design and metal craft as a blend of old and new technology.
‘King’s Cross Labyrinth’ Regent’s Quarter, King’s Cross, London 7 x 7 Meters; commissioned by P & O Developments in 2004. The moulds were digitally designed by Philip and created in Wales. All the tiles were hand made at his ceramics studio in Peckham, London. The mural’s narrative was based on local research in the King’s Cross area and information gathered from English Heritage. The tiles show images based on Barges, Trains, Signals, Parks, Plant life, Novels, Films, Foundries, etc, and other notions associated with the King’s Cross Area. A full-scale drawing was made for the stone mason who installed the mural single-handedly.
‘Touching Glasgow’ is a site specific textile-based mural commissioned by the Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Installed in 2006. All the images were made in Glasgow, digitally manipulated on a laptop and prepared for digital print. Printed by Gardeners of Pentwyn, Cardiff using the Dye-Sublimation and Heat Transfer technique onto synthetic felt. Hand embellished with coloured and holographic glitter.