Perspectives, St Paul's Cathedral, John Pawson, London, 2011, view of mirror and lens

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Perspectives, St Paul's Cathedral, John Pawson, London, 2011, view of mirror and lens
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PERSPECTIVES ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL, LONDON, EC4M 8AD, UNITED KINGDOM, ARCHITECT JAMES NEWTON, Offered a unique chance to work in the cathedral?s rarely seen Geometric Staircase Pawson has created Perspectives a work imaginatively designed to reveal the genius of Sir Christopher Wren?s 17th century masterpiece in ways the viewer would not ordinarily see. The elegant spiralling staircase built to provide access through the Dean?s door to the upper levels of the cathedral including the library is not usually on view to the public ? and even if you were to visit it you would not be able to see it in quite the same way as Pawson allows. Collaborating with Swarovski Pawson has created a precision-made meniscus ? the largest lens possible to manufacture. This is located at the bottom of the stairwell sitting on a much larger reflective hemisphere with a spherical convex mirror suspended in the tower?s cupola above. Together these optical devices create an extraordinary composite image of the view up through the tower for visitors gathered around the hemisphere at the base all