The Sackler Crossing

The Sackler Crossing

Sackler Crossing

John Pawson
Copyright: Richard Davies

This is a beautiful sculptural piece, whose purpose is to create a link over a lake between two parts of Kew Gardens. Its genius is in its deceptive simplicity, and in its use of materials that flatter the user by their richness, but are at the same time immensely sturdy: slate and bronze are all you see and touch.

The crossing plots a serpentine path across the water, with the deck set at the minimum possible distance from the lake’s surface, so that you feel as if you are walking on water. The sinuous form creates constant interest as the viewpoint alters, changing from almost solid to almost invisible. There is a constant play between solidity, space and movement.


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