We visit Cathedral Works Organisation in Chichester to look at the models of the paterae, which will sit on each corner under the viewing platform of the Monument.
There is no record of the original paterae design that can be found, Julian Harrap suggested that as the building is a Wren building that we take reference from St Paul’s, also a Wren building, so CWO took as many pictures as we could of the paterae on the soffits of the semi circular headed windows of the east end and the windows of the noth and south elevations, St Pauls Masonry department kindly giving CWO access to their scaffold on the south side and accompanying us to show us the best bits.
CWO sent these photo’s to the architect who indicated the style and subject matter they would like to see, CWO then did some rough pencil sketches for discussion and comment, these comments were received and the modeling then began.
It was important that the modeling had reference to the building so we also built a half size model of the Abacus spandrel and then added to it the egg and dart moulding
The first model was produced and a meeting held to discuss it, Guy had included several leaf styles and sizes for consideration, these were discussed and the model was adjusted (the modeling compound CWO use allows for the design team to easily adjust shapes and dimensions), armed with these comments, agreement on the overall dimensions and further direction from the architect regarding the design of the remaining 3 Paterae – Guy commenced modeling proper. There was an intermediate meeting to monitor progress and further comments and directions were made by the architect, Guy went away again and changed the scale of two of his models to make them more bold, leading to the models we see today. There is one more model to start.
The process to date has taken something like six to eight weeks (since Christmas).
Images by Harris Digital Productions