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Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Susanna Heron, an artist internationally renowned for her work with architects on site specific projects was asked to produce a piece for the Laboratory and designed a frieze in Jaumont Yellow limestone which is also used as part of the fabric of the building.

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The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

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The work is entitled Henslow's Walk after John Stevens Henslow who produced the university's collection of plant drawings which inspired the artist. It is composed of 104 stone panels ranging in size from 850mm x 750mm to 450mm x 400mm with abstract shapes based on Henslow's drawings traced into the limestone.

The project received a detailed write up in the Natural Stone Specialist magazine which can be read here.

stoneCIRCLE was also commissioned to carve the plaque commemorating the opening of the building by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011.

More details about Susanna Heron's inspiration are available on her flickr site and the artist and her work on

The building won the RIBA Stirling Prize in October 2012. This is the UK's most prestigious architecture prize and is awarded to the project built or designed in Britain "which has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year." 

It was also shortlisted for two major awards: the World Architecture Festival Award in the Learning and University/College Buildings category and for the Major Building Project over £50 million category in the British Construction Industry awards.

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