In August I visited to London, along with Valerie Seager, Dan Goode and Anne Boddington from the Richard Seager awards team. We visited the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera for a site visit and for me to see the location that my commission was going to be in.
The building was amazing, built in 1904 and designed by architect Frank Matcham. I was able to go backstage and see how everything worked and also had a tour of the building. Everything was stunning, the intricate mosaic tiled floors, the ornate statues, stained glass windows in the all of the doors!
A spot for my commission has been selected and I’ve been able to see the space for myself and how best to design for it. I want to take into consideration the light that it gets during the day as well as potentially lighting it artificially for the evenings. I also need to take into consideration access and safety, I want people to be able to see the artwork but I don’t want it to get in the way of corridors or stairways. There’s a lot of things to think about but I’m so excited to get stuck into some research and designs!