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Watermark Name Panels

Year Completed : 1988

Size : Ten panels each 1.5m square (5ft)

Client : Standard Life Insurance

Location : Croxley Green Business Park, Watford

Current Status : Spoken to management of Croxley Green (May 2016) and they say 1 panel is still in situ on No.6 The Courtyard but this is likely to come down in the future. Although the others were saved we felt that there was no reason to rescue these as they are very site specific so they have been destroyed.

The Symbol of Justice watermark panel on The Courtyards. The only panel remaining as of May 2016.Enlargement of the Symbol of Justice on The Courtyards. The only panel remaining as of May 2016.Watermark Name PanelsThe Watford technology park with the crown watermark panel of Awberry Court.The Crown watermark panel on Awberry Court.Bird watermark panel on Rushmoor Court.Peacocks watermark panel on Malvern House.A stag watermark panel on Sherbourne House.Romanesque building on Wingfield Court.The Lion watermark panel on Siskin House.The symbol of Britannia on Marlin House.Lifting the Siskin House watermark panel into position to be fixed on the wall.Lifting the Siskin House watermark panel into position to be fixed on the wall.Lifting the Sherbourne House watermark panel into position to be fixed on the wall.

Our clients at Standard Life wanted us to design ten different panels which were to identify different buildings. This series of buildings was situated on the site of the old John Dickinson Paper Mills at Croxley near Watford. The development was to form the offices of a newly built Technology Park. The designs were to measure about five feet square and were to go at first floor level. They needed to be bold in order to be read at a distance. We travelled up to Watford to research the area for inspiration. I still remember the delight we felt when, after a frustrating day, a local librarian showed us a folio of the watermarks that had been used in the 19th century by John Dickinson’s clients. Several of these had been Indian potentates, with elaborate and sometimes almost regal images. There were different figures and exotic animals, a crown and peacocks. We had a series of designs already made! The grid which is used to make hand made paper always leaves its imprint in the paper. We formed the background of each panel with a lined grid pattern to evoke this. Over this we superimposed the different striking and heraldic images that we had taken from the 19th century watermarks. The names of the various buildings were incorporated into the panels.

Lat/Long : 51.644709, -0.430794

Green - mural exists and with good access

Mural still exists and with good access it can be easily seen by the public

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