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New installation to mark 300 years of St. Paul's Cathedral

The architect John Pawson has been commissioned to design an installation which will mark 300 years of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Called Perspectives, the installation was commissioned by the London Design Festival and will be designed in conjunction with Swarovski.

When completed, the piece will be located within the famous Geometric Staircase in the Cathedral’s south west tower.

The installation will be a concave Swarovski crystal meniscus – the largest commissionable lens – which will be located at the bottom of the stairwell. This lens will sit on a larger reflective surface – the upper plane of a specially fabricated metal hemisphere. In addition, a two metre wide spherical convex mirror will be suspended in the tower’s cupola, directly over the hemisphere.

Acting together, the optical devices will result in a composite image of the view up through the tower and an elevated downward perspective appearing to visitors who will be gathered round the hemisphere.

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