Twenty four of these Portland stone Corinthian capitals were carved by a selection
of stone carvers for the Stone Firms Ltd. My apprentice Iain Cotton pictured above
is seen carving one of them I carved another. It is very important that young carvers
get the opportunity to do this kind of work early on in their careers so that they
can build up their experience and skill. Unfortunately there is less and less opportunity
as architecture is shorn of its decorative features to save money. Now it is not
uncommon to find a building alluding to classical proportions but appearing like
some kind of construction kit made out of children’s bricks.
There are many exciting contemporary ways to decorate a building perhaps using some
of the modern computer technology never the less the problem remains an unwillingness
to invest in sustainable cultural narratives expressed in long lasting sustainable
architecture. Perhaps our culture is too ephemeral and fragile to permit it, if so
we are doomed to inhabit architecture that is mute, silent, and void.