Grosvenor Estate Belgravia had initiated development for central London, which is located in the Belgravia Estate business center, close to Victoria Station and the Coach station.
We were invited by the committee to participate in the restricted competitions but our proposal was not shortlisted.
Our artistic proposal was located on the royal property and dealt with human rights in the world.
The Belgravia neighborhood is surrounded by Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, and Pimlico, Belgravia offers a serene and calm-paced quality of life.
Human Rights in the UK remains a sensitive question. Between the years 1995 until today we have tried several times to create a Human Rights project without success. Unfortunately.
The client wished the artistic proposal to help create “a dynamic and vibrant landmark “ in this area of the city. By questioning the relevance of human rights in the world we wanted to create a philosophical landmark. Was it too daring at that location in 2001?
Our proposal implied several reading levels :
- Pedestrian engraving of the entire Human Rights text on the sidewalk. Visible for the passer-by who walks onto the Human Rights text and in the center of the building in front of the entrance.
- Pedestrian world map engraved into the sidewalk pavement and located in the building entrance.
- In front of the entrance, there is an “in progress stone statue” of a man. A stone sculptor Nicolas Bulloz, would come and work regularly on the making of this statue, which was a replica of the David of Da Vinci.
PARTNERS AND SUPPORT
PACA-Public Art Commission Agency
Michael Squire and Partners architects
Nicolas Bulloz, stone sculptor
Grosvenor Estate Belgravia