“The Digital Soane”
A completion organized in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, and with the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation - carocommunications.com/digital-soane-winning-designs-announced-sir-john-soanes-museum-royal-college-art-competition/
A Triumphal Bridge and a boating Trip to Greenwich in 1776
By Maria Militsi
In 1776 Sir John Soane won the Royal Academy`s gold medal competition for A Triumphal Bridge. The accolade was a milestone in Soane’s career and owing to its accompanying scholarship; Soane had the chance to travel to Italy for three years. It was during this period that his close friend and fellow student James King had drowned on a boating trip to Greenwich. Soane, a non-swimmer, was going to be with him but decided to stay home and work on his design for a Triumphal Bridge…
The architectural drawing and this serendipitous incident are piecing together a narrative comparable with the fragmented nature of Sir john`s digitally “shattered” bust (vimeo.com/98142507) originally made by Francis Chantrey. In A Triumphal Bridge and A boating Trip to Greenwich in 1776, Soane`s fragment of his head is digitally reproduced (CNC milled) on the surface of drift wood sourced from the Thames foreshore. The Thames is here considered as a museum, composed of a plethora of flotsam and jetsam objects, mingled together with objects from all periods. This piece represents timelessness and a democratic coexistence of objects subjected to chance.
With special thanks to David Turtle (cnc milling) and Joanne Wardrop (video editing).