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The One and the Many

Fitzroy Place will become an iconic new London Square and, as such, it warrants an iconic new London sculpture which reflects the cosmopolitan and creative history and future of this important quarter of London. Fitzrovia has always been a ‘melting pot’ of ideas and cultures and the proposal is to create an art work which embodies this spirit of place.

Mark making is fundamental to the way in which we create meaning and communicate our thoughts and ideas: from the earliest scratching of our ancestors on cave walls through pictograms and hieroglyphics to brail, musical notation and mathematical equations.

We’re delighted to welcome artist Peter Randall-Page to Fitzroy Place. Peter has often used naturally eroded glacial boulders in his work and as a sculptor sees this as ‘breathing’ human meaning into this ‘dumb matter’ by introducing order; carving complex growth patterns and other geometric forms into the surface of the boulders.

Peter’s sculpture for Fitzroy Place will be a large naturally eroded glacial erratic boulder and to use text as texture, calligraphy as geometry, carving the entire surface of the stone with a pattern consisting of as many of the worlds written scripts as possible from the cuneiform writing of ancient Mesopotamia to ‘text talk’. Virtually all cultures have creation myths, explanations of how the world came into being and our own origins. This leap of imagination illustrates the essence of creativity and using the concept of creativity repeated in all the languages.

Peter has chosen lines which deal with the actual and material/poetical formation of the universe, according to this ancient culture, rather than those lines which name specific deities responsible for aspects of creation of worlds. Peter is interested in keeping in mind; choosing parts of cosmogonies that poetically speak of the more general, unnamed forms and formless ‘characters’ of creation stories.

The stone that Peter has sourced is a Fuerstenstein granite boulder from Kusser Granite in Germany from their quarry in the Bavarian Forest.

The dimensions are 350 x 200 x 200 cm and weigh 24 tonnes. Come and see Peter’s completed piece at Fitzroy Place from Spring 2015.

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