Striking a Chord

Designer: Bradley Murphy Design
Location: St Albans, England
Client: Meyer Homes Scroll for more
David Harber bespoke wall art commission

The brief for Gabriel Square, St Albans, was to create a piece of wall art that enhanced the scheme and uplifted the aesthetic tone of the area, as well as making a connection to the name of the development which was inspired by the Gabriel Bell.

David Harber sought to express the resonance and radiance that emanate from a ringing bell, and to use it as a metaphor for sharing energy and vitality among the people who hear it.

This concept afforded a rich link to the history of the public square: a place where paths cross, experiences collide and the bustle of everyday life occurs.

Sketch of public art in St Albans

The design is dynamic and elegant, reminiscent of octaves emerging from a hollow metallic shell.

Visually and metaphorically, the piece is a signal for the people of St Albans to come together. The piece is 10.8 metres long and will be installed in 2017.


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