In 2012 Wiltshire Council re-modeled County Hall, and included a new public space in the atrium complete with a cafe and meeting area.
Above the seating area Tania’s work – fifteen large oak roundels, with the age rings picked out in ink and then the entire pieces waxed and polished – form a huge artwork.
“These roundels, with their aged rings, undulating cracks and marks of life, might possibly represent the full range of human experiences, symbolically echoing those rituals, rites of passage and activities processed by a local authority; be they celebratory (for wedding ceremonies or birth certificates); horribly difficult (like registering a death; or even prosaic (paying parking fines or working out how to get rid of bed bugs).”
We mounted the pieces of oak on a custom built system to allow all fixings to be hidden when the piece was complete. We skimmed them flat using our CNC router, and once Tania had finished working on the surfaces, we waxed them to protect them. Then a small team from the studio installed the roundels on site.