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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.