Home Centre People Events Publications
Blogs Links Contact Search Sitemap
spacer
      Richard Layzell – The Boiler House      
 
Route Planner
A site-specific commission for The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an internationally recognised research institution.

The site for the artwork, a corridor, had now become a main entry point to the new North Courtyard building. It bridged a timespan of 75 years in the history of LSHTM, from 1928 – when the Portland stone building opened – to 2003. Formerly exterior walls now became interior and the basement's subterranean, inner workings were enticingly exposed.

In a conventional 'refurb' these awkward details would be hidden behind a new clean, corporate corridor. Here I collaborated with the school, the architect and the building contractors to reveal and enhance the corridor's unique character, creating a sensory journey through the corridor. This included the design of flooring, ceiling, lighting and the relocation of an original oak door to the precise entry point that divides old from new. This work spanned about 12 months and became a residency as an artist/visionaire. In this time my 'conversation' was first with architects and builders, then with staff, students and visitors.

The bricks were cleaned to reveal subtle, embedded colouration. An introduced grid of spray-painted aluminium squares reflects these colours and references some of the research work of the school e.g. jaundice, malaria and blue tongue fever.

The engraved notices that date sections of the brickwork, vents and other details were made using the traditional methods of JJ Bergin, replicating the originals found in older parts of the building.

The floor projections are of a malarial mosquito taken by the School's photographer, Dan Salaman. The technology used to throw the insect image from projector-light to floor is recessed in the ceiling and triggered by the walker. Giant mosquitoes lead the walker through the space and back again.

The Boiler House is intentionally visible and invisible at the same time, an animated corridor, a passing through.

 

Photos reproduced here are by Anne Koerber. Click the small images to see full size.
spacer


spacer

 
spacer
 
spacer

Art at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

 

spacer

spacer
spacer

spacer


 
spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer spacer
spacer spacer
Bookmark and Share
spacer
spacer