My company Dot was commissioned to design a comprehensive package of interpretation signage and wayfinding material for Chiswick House Gardens in London. The English Heritage interpretation team wanted the placement of paintings around the park in the positions they were originally painted from, our idea was to mount empty picture frames on easels, framing today’s landscape against the original painting or photograph. Our series of ten sculptural easels with cast bronze-aluminium picture frames are designed to be elegant, robust, to discourage climbing, and to pique visitors’ curiosity. We also designed the garden’s wayfinding and orientation signage, developing a bold, modern format that complemented the buildings and landscape. My involvement and responsibilities were:
• Mocking up 3D visualisations of the easels for the Painting In The Landscape installations.
• Building a scale size model of the easels as proof of concept for the client.
• Designing a lectern panel for the duck pond interpretation showing the species of water birds inhabiting the park’s grounds.