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24th April 2015 Environment ( Appendix - Aesop Lambs Conduit Street )

( RESEARCH )
Listen. Immerse. Absorb.

( HISTORY – 1577 )
He brought water to this street. William Lambe. In recognition of the funds he gave for the rebuilding of the Holborn conduit.
“…some residents obtained leave to lay a small pipe or ‘quill’ – probably as the name implies not exceeding a goose quill in diameter – connecting the conduit with their grounds…”
‘Springs, streams and Spas of London’, 1910, by Alfred Stanley Foord

( COPPER CONDUITS )
Numerous. Intensive. Processes.
24 square metres of copper. 38 shelves, 73 inserts.
612 folds, 160 corners brazed, cleaned, filed and polished.
30 conduits. Individually. Numbered. For each a custom made copper washer, silver soldered to copper downpipes.
42 linear metres of copper conduit, 172 litres of flowing water. 13.6 linear metres of exposed water. 56.5 linear metres of copper pipe, exposed, concealed. 34 linear metres of product display.

( THE COLOUR OF COPPER )
Alchemy. Oxidisation. Patination.
CLEANING. Scrubbing, scratching, washing, drying. AGAIN. Cleaning, scrubbing, scratching, washing, drying.
OXIDISING. Submerge, time, revolve, remove.
AGAIN. Submerge, time, revolve, remove.
CLEANSE. Bathe, wait, time, wash. AGAIN. Bathe, wait, time, wash. AGAIN. Bathe, wait, time, wash.
DRY. Softly, gently, dry. Blow. Compressed air. Clean the crevices. Softy, gently, dry.
SEAL. Thoroughly. Natural wax. Apply, rub, buff. AGAIN. Apply, rub, buff.

( DEFYING GRAVITY )
128 custom steel brackets. Cut, measure, drill, forge, fold, file, clean, patinate, clean, heat, melt, wax, cool, buff.
Measured, levelled, drilled, fixed. 384 screw fixings.

( BEHIND THE SCENES )
Custom made devices. Monitoring. Controlling the flow.
Handmade water filters. Woven by hand from brass mesh.

( A QUILL OF WATER )
A room of its own. Water drops. Slowly. Serenly.
Surrounded by dark tones. Inky. Watery.
Illuminated. Rippling reflections on walls and ceiling.
One drop followed by another (repeat).

( INTO THE GARDEN ROOM )
A place to stop. Patina. Antique campaign furniture, mid century crucibles, Victorian pot stands. Leaves, stretching, claiming space.

( A PLACE TO PURCHASE )
As if it always existed. Church pew benches. Worn. By years of seated bottoms. Bespoke wooden panelling. Layers. And layers of paint. Burnished edges. Painted. And waxed.

( A PLACE TO WASH )
Control the water. A gentle flow. Take time. Relish the ritual.
Sinks & taps. Custom made. Copper sheet – folded, brazed, cleaned, filed, polished. Raw finish. Patinating naturally. Copper pipes – formed, hardened, cleaned, polished. Brass handles – cut, brazed, cleaned filed polished.

( A FLOOR OF BAKED EARTH )
Reclaimed quarry tiles. Staffordshire Blues.
One thousand, nine hundred and forty four tiles.

( HUES & TONES )
The colours of fleshy figures. Naked. Bathing. Dark, inky water.
Dora Carrington, Female figure standing, 1913