No21 Young Street

Chris Brammall is proud to have been chosen by internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Shaun Leane for his first public art commission. 

July 2018 will see jewellery designer Shaun Leane's first move into the realms of architecture and public art with the launch of a major commission for 21 Young Street - a new residential building in Kensington designed by Assael Architecture. 

Leane, noted for his one-of-a-kind catwalk jewellery and longstanding relationship with Alexander McQueen, was commissioned by Grainger plc to design the bronze artwork across the building's 40m facade. 

Curated by Futurecity, this is one of the biggest public realm commissions in the UK undertaken by a jewellery designer.  In recognition of the scale and profile of the commission, a piece of the artwork will be on permanent display at the V&A Museum. 

Leane was commissioned to design the 58 balcony railings and two gates across the facade of the development, designed by Assael Architecture.  Arbour, which is made up of 1,850 bronze sculpted leaves and three-dimensional branches, transports the greenery of neighbouring Kensington Square onto 21 Young Street.  Leane looked to mimic the leafy surroundings where trees soften and dapple the light in contrast to the area's linear backdrops.  Weaving their way across the front of the building, the density of the leaves varies on each balcony as if blowing in an autumnal breeze. Leane wanted to capture both the fragility and strength of nature in the metalwork, a theme which heavily reflects his signature jewellery aesthetic. 

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The artwork is cast in Phosphor Bronze.  Each of the balcony railings is unique, featuring hand-formed curves with the leaves cast and grated into steams, then patented and treated to give a rich bronze finish.  Almost 3,000 lineear metres of bronze sections are used to form the handrails.  The leaves were cast at Brass Founders in Sheffield and all hand-finished at our workshop here in Cumbria. 

The project took over twelve months to complete.  

The 21 Young Street Commission is featured in the May 2018 issue of Wallpaper Magazine.  You can also read more at Futurecity and on-line at Shaun Leane.  Photo credit to Tim Brightmore.



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