Following the recent completion of the Alison Richard Building in Cambridge on the University's Sidgwick site, Edmund de Waal, ceramic artist and author of the successful book 'The Hare with the Amber Eyes' has completed an exciting new art installation to the entrance courtyard of the building.
Nicholas Hare Architects worked with Edmund to help realise the installation 'A Local History' which consists of three outdoor glass topped vitrines sunk below the level of the paving and filled with porcelain, and is supplemented by a fourth wall hung vitrine in the atrium of the building.
Edmund describes the installations as '...meant to be discovered, to be happened upon as you come and go across the site. They are there to make you pause momentarily...' and further describes the contents of the external vitrines '...The dishes are taken from moulds that we made from three different types; a Chinese Ming dynasty dish, a plate from the French porcelain factory Sevres and a Staffordshire serving dish. All three are iconic in form: they exemplify porcelain from three of the greatest places where it has been manufactured over the past 1,000 years...''
Nicholas Hare Architects are also working with the sculptor Nigel Hall on the installation of 'Bigger Bite' adjacent to the informal garden court of the Alison Richard Building.