Copper, aluminium bronze, aluminium
Damac Tower, London
Signals delves into the history of Vauxhall, a London Borough with a long association with the mythical beast of the griffin. However, instead of engaging visual iconography it is through material processes that the hybrid nature of the griffin is revisited.
Three copper totems, standing 6m tall, greet visitors as they enter the public square and located at the other end of the site is another cluster of vertical totems formed in aluminium. The sculpture surfaces follow the random lines of molten metal rising up their height, however over time it becomes apparent that the two clusters of sculptures are in conversation, as they perfectly echo each other. This communication recalls the materials from which they are made, with copper and aluminium highly recycled metals and both integral to the distribution of power and communications.
Located beneath the granite paving between the two clusters of vertical totems is a woven cable, formed of aluminium bronze, the binary alloy of aluminium and copper. This buried conduit subtly connects the works across the public space, referencing the flow of information, the mixing of materials and the hybrid power of the Griffin.