Across

2.6 m x 1.4 m Screen printed laminated toughened glass and LED lighting
Taunton Academy, Somerset (2013)

The Diocese of Bath commissioned us to create a cross for the front facade of the new school building at Taunton Academy in Somerset.  We were keen to use glass and light – materials traditionally used in places of worship, yet the materiality of the folded cross created from a simple sheet of paper was in stark contrast to the flat rigidness of the glass.

The colour and the emergence of the cross from the lower folds was inspired by the landscapes and wilderness of Judea.  Underpinning this is the idea of folding and a focused pattern emerging from a more organic form.  The entire piece is photographed from a single sheet of pleated paper. Making the cross was quite a magical process – the paper is folded into tessellations and pleated in a way where it is hard to work out how it could have come from a flat sheet of paper.