Shifting, tiles for Rochester Square

Commission for Rochester Square, Summer 2017
Unglazed terracotta, black clay and London clay
Shifting, tiles for Rochester Square is a site specific project made for the entrance of Rochester Square, London. The piece is composed of 204 bespoke tiles with a variety of natural tones achieved by mixing different ratios of terracotta, black clay and London clay dug up on site.
With the invitation from Francesca Anfossi, director of the space, the tile installation is made as a play on the uniform stock-brick structure that has stood on the square for over 100 years. It is also made as Gerald’s continued interest in using tiles, as a two dimensional form, to represent a three dimensional space. Hence, the work is titled Shifting, formally to evoke something in the viewers' perception. But also engaging the rich history of the space, with its purpose and function changing very much like this area of Camden.
photography by Beverley Cheung
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