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Harley Street, London.

Healing Plants Panels, Low Relief Carving

Harley Street, London

I was commissioned by Art Projects Ltd to produce a series of designs incorporating healing plants. These were to be carved in low relief and to be set into a historic façade of a Clinic development at No 120, Harley Street in London.

After months of research into various healing plants and frequent visits to the Chelsea ‘Physic Garden’, I composed a design which has an appropriate classical style for the age of the building. 

The doctors in the clinic chose 7 of the plant designs and I selected many more and rearranged the remaining array of healing plants around a series of strategically placed ‘volutes’ (a spiral scroll-like ornament which forms the basis of the capital of the Ionic column). 

I began with creating a clay model to actual size, a reference of depths and angles which I would use as a guide to create the final carving in stone. 

Once the clay work was completed and approved, I went about carving the piece in Portland Limestone.

The carving panels were installed by PAYE Stone on August 7th 2009, they were an excellent workforce. 

Simon Keeley - Stone Carver

The finished panels in place.

Simon Keeley - Stone Carver

Creating the clay models.

Simon Keeley - Stone Carver
Simon Keeley - Stone Carver

Fixing the finished panels into the building.

Simon Keeley - Stone Carver
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