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Marble Frieze for Westminster Cathedral

Date: 1st June 2017 Author: Steve Vanhinsbergh
Keywords: Architectural Materials: Portland Stone


stoneCIRCLE produced the marble for Tom Phillips' depiction of the Tyburn Gallows in his design for the Chapel of St George and the English Martyrs in Westminster Cathedral.  

The company took the artist's drawing and faithfully redrew it so that each piece and letter could be cut on the waterjet machine.  The pieces were then bonded onto a 10mm carrara backing slab and polished in the workshop before being crated and sent to the site for installation.

Tom Phillips’ commented on the inspiration for the design: “The west wall shows the gibbet at Tyburn as traditionally represented, with the ladders which served it now depicted as ascending above, into the vault. As you face it you are pointing directly towards the site of Tyburn, two miles away at Marble Arch.” 

The wall features several different types of marble: Alpine Jade, Amarello de Negrais, Azul Bahia, Noir St Laurent, Rosso Impero, Bianco Carrara Extra and Porforico Noce.

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