Passage Paving, Sculpture, The Queen's Walk
Passage Paving connects the lower level of the roadway outside the Royal Festival Hall with the higher Queen's Walk.
The conoid forms, composed of cut and worked paving stones, are built up, dry-wall fashion, on each side of the ridged pathway which connects the two levels of the embankment. The whole feature . . . in the sculptor's words, 'expresses the idea of passages through space and the metamorphosis of the paving stones into sculpture.'
On metal plaques
1. Royal Festival Hall side; fixed to the pavement towards the right-hand edge of the sculpture: Richard Harris / [space] / Passage Paving 1983 / Concrete paving stones / [space] / The Sculpture Show: / 50 Sculptors at the Serpentine / and the South Bank
2. River side; fixed to the right-hand end wall of the passage: RICHARD HARRIS, PASSAGE PAVING, 1983 / These stairs were commissioned as a work of sculpture from the artist / as part of The Sculpture Show, an exhibition of contemporary British / sculpture organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the Hayward / Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in 1983. A number of works made / for outdoor locations on the South Bank site, extending the exhibition / beyond the Gallery's walls, have remained in place. This work, made of / the same paving stones as the walkway to which the stairs rise, is / designed to provoke a different appearance from each vantage point: / the artist's stated aim was the arousal of curiosity / [space] / Please note: The stairs are angled and uneven. / Please take care when using them
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