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Friday, April 19, 2019

Studio Octopi, National Trust in Surrey (United Kingdom)

‘Writ in Water’ is an installation designed by the artist Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi for the National Trust at Runnymede, in the English county of Surrey. It is a monument raised to commemorate Britain’s Magna Carta, the charter which rebel feudal barons forced King John to sign, precisely at Runnymede, 800 years ago. So this construction is a celebration of the principles of democracy, but also a place for reflection and contemplation that uses water, the sky, and light as fundamental ingredients.

With a diameter of slightly over 15 meters, the building appears on a hill, surrounded by a meadow with views of the Thames River. Its round walls are built of rammed earth and form a labyrinth of sorts, inside which a moment of great intensity is produced: the contemplation of natural light which, dramatically entering through an oculus, is reflected in a pool of water.
Animal Architecture

Animal Architecture

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