It's a year since I completed artwork on the Lincoln Castle Revealed project, under the design lead of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA). There was no scrimping on substrates - we worked in enamel, slate, cast bronze, etched bronze, plaster, vellum, resin, slate, scrim and oak. As you can imagine, the work was time-consuming and heavy on technical challenges - I worked on around 175 graphic pieces.
In a purpose-built vault for Lincoln’s Magna Carta is a 50m sq wall showing the full text of the charter - clauses used in current law are picked out in gold leaf. This could have been my most memorable typesetting experience yet… line breaks have never felt so crucial!
The bronze site model on the circular table was created by Loz Simpson of Topografik. What I really enjoyed about witnessing Loz's process is that not only did he consider historic and topographic accuracy alongside the visual aesthetics, he also controlled how rain will travel across and drain from the model… an incredible melding of technical and artistic skill.
Take a look at the map sample below – this is a small section of a much larger piece. At some point in its life it had been torn in two, was covered in marks and blemishes and was heavily annotated. My job was to retouch/redraw it back to its original state so it could be used over a 30m sq floor in two colour. It took many weeks of careful work which felt like digital restoration, if such a thing exists. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the final install but it was produced and laid by the wonderful Displayways who are, without a doubt, my favourite go-to guys for all things graphic.