Made in: 2015
Location: Crossbones Burial Ground, London, SE1 1TA
Materials: Oak (main frame), Sweet Chestnut (posts), Douglas Fir (roof), Budlea, Willow, London Plane, Ash (handrails/brackets).
After a fifteen year campaign to save this historic site from development I became involved in transforming it into a public garden of rememberance. Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) and the Friends of Crossbones needed an accessible entrance that provided shelter with the feel of a cloister. Water supply was a problem for the site, so by placing the entrance in the south-east corner the highest and lowest points of the garden could be connected allowing for rain water harvesting from the roof into a pond below. I wanted to incorporate the sites association with the 'Winchester Geese' into the design of the shelter. The goosewing form came naturally out of these considerations.
CROSSBONES GRAVEYARDS - SOUTHWARK
The curved ramp was made up of hardcore recycled from the demolition of the Aylesbury Estate in Elephant and Castle (SE1) and finished with bodpave and gravel. The main frames were fabricated from the branches of a large Oak tree that had died just south of Croydon and Sweet Chestnut poles from coppice woodland in Merreworth, Kent. The frames are braced together with a mixture of Willow, Budlea, Ash and London Plane that also act as a handrail - all of these pieces were sourced on-site or on neighbouring sites. The roof is made of thin, hand bent planks of Douglas Fir felled for the the A21 road widening scheme near Tonbridge, Kent. The guttering is carved from the leftover branches from the oak tree used earlier for the frames.
The dry-stone walling that accompanies the shelter was made by John Holt and volunteer labour organised by BOST.
The main frames are inscribed with a poem from 'The Southwark Mysteries' by John Constable which was inspired by this site.