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The ceramic relief murals of


Buildings of Scotland & England

Year Completed : 1979

Size : 90cm x 1.7m (3ft x 5.6ft)

Client : Bristol & West Building Society

Location : One Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6DX

Current Status : This mural was moved from 91 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow to the Bank of Ireland (Bristol & West) staff restaurant in Temple Quay many years ago and is still on display in June 2015.

We modelled up a number of buildings of traditional vernacular character from all over the United Kingdom. These included a black and white inn and a semi-detached Victorian villa from Bristol - a thatched Devon long house - a Regency terraced house from Brighton – a Cotswold manor house – Almshouses from Essex – a ‘warm hat and cosy boots’ cottage from Herefordshire – a toll house from Buckinghamshire - Scottish castle - an Iron Age broch - a croft from the Outer Hebrides and a tenement block from Glasgow. We made flexible moulds of these carefully worked buildings. We were then able to make them and arrange them to form different designs. We included a small cartouche with a quote from the 19th century art critic John Ruskin: ‘When we build let us think that we build forever.’

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Blue - mural exists but with restricted access

Mural still exists but can't easily be seen due to resticted access to the site