Wings

Wings  Two mirrored slices of the same block of Purbeck Downsvein 450 x 900mm making one piece 450 x 1800 x 30mm.  Text : Don Marquis, The Almost Perfect State. The Letter shapes are based on various Spanish Manuscripts.   2001

                                 

We loved these scants which were obviously part of the same block, and took them away from the quarry to our studio until the right text turned up. When we found Don Marquiss words we realised the pieces of stone turned the right way resembled wings. The text is both grave and amusing and we tried to reflect this in the design. The layout jumps across the wingspan to make the two shapes into one piece, this necessitated a lot of cutting and pasting to make the copy fit.

wings closeup
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