Megalith Carving

Valentines love set in stone - Southwark Cathedral, London, February 2016

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Megalith Carving - Southwark Cathedral, London, February 2016

On the Saturday of Valentine’s weekend, Bompas & Parr’s Alcoholic Architecture presented a stone-carving workshop of the demonstrative variety, in the courtyard of Southwark Cathedral. There was no stony faces this Valentine’s, as carvers presented their paramours with the most permanent gift around.

The weighty affair took place in the gardens of London’s oldest Gothic cathedral. Southwark Cathedral is not just a Cathedral of abbots, kings and politicians but of ordinary people, including actors and writers, brewers and merchants, soldiers and servants. On the afternoon of Saturday 13th February it became the site of an amorous stone masonry epic, where a group of 15 masonry neophytes bonded over the great art of stone carving under master carver, Neil Luxton, Highgate Cemetery’s head stonemason, the man who has carved both Patrick Caulfield's and Malcolm McLaren’s gravestones. 

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Photography by Ann Charlott Ommedal & Nathan Ceddia