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The ceramic relief murals of

PHILIPPA THRELFALL

Crystal Structure

Year Completed : 1974

Size : 1.2m x 2.1m (4ft x 7ft)

Client : Bradford & Bingley Building Society

Location : Building Society Offices in Sutton

MURALWATCH - do you have any information about this missing mural?

Bradford & Bingley sold the branches to Abbey National which in turn became Santander. We would love to hear from anyone within the past or current banking groups if they know anything about the whereabouts of this mural. The yellow marker is loosely placed on Sutton as we don't have any details about the exact location of where this mural was.

For their Sutton Offices, the architect was keen to have a more abstract approach so we based this design on a crystal structure. Pools of melted class form in some of the crystals and others are made up of facetted or textured ceramic. Whilst the image had abstract qualities we thought that the joining together of many different crystals to make a whole mass could be seen to represent the structure of a building society. We obtained the reference from our 9th edition Encyclopaedia Britannica. This source still had beautiful line engravings which helped to formalize the crystal structure. Even if these old volumes contained photographs of crystals, these would have been much less useful. When researching, we often used to find help from this source.

Lat/Long : 51.361326, -0.194281

Yellow - present whereabouts of mural not known

Present whereabouts of mural not known. MURALWATCH - We need YOUR help!
Do you have any information on this missing mural. Philippa would very much like to hear from you.

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