A project produced in collaboration with Cake Industries...
'From Landscape to Portrait' is a sculpture by Chris Wilkinson RA, Director at Wilkinson Eyre Architects and sat centre-stage in the courtyard of the Royal Academy during the 2012 Summer Exhibition. The sculpture is 12 metres long and is based on a series of 11 wooden 'artist’s frames', supported upon a timber structure clad in polished stainless steel.
'The sequential twist of the frames through 90 degrees from landscape to portrait, helps create a structure with a powerful sense of movement'. Wilkinson Eyre
The scale of this sculpture and the need for quick installation meant it was built in sections which bolted together. The structure was CNC machined from the CAD model, and assembled in parts in our workshop. The polished steel panels were lazer-cut and folded, and clad the structure. The frames posed a problem as their position, weight and the possibility of them catching the wind and acting as a 'sail', meant the sculpture could overturn. The polished concrete bench running down the side of the sculpture is actually cast Jesmonite, and is hollow. Therefore we were able to pack them with concrete slabs to provide a counter-balance to the frames, and not compromise the drama of the sculpture.