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A project by Aude-Line Duliere and Juliet Haysom - With a documentary by Ele Mun. 

When the V&A rebuilt its Exhibition Road courtyard in 2013, the Aston Webb Screen (built in 1909) was transformed from a solid facade into the porous entrance we see now. More than four hundred large Portland Stones were removed from the original screen. To save them from being crushed into aggregate – which is the fate of most used stone, no matter how large, historic, and precious – they were hauled to a quarry in Dorset, where they have languished for nearly a decade.

Here, some of these stones – marked by a century of London pollution, cratered by shrapnel from the Blitz, and now cleaned and restored – make a comeback on Exhibition Road in the form of street furniture. This intervention points to the enduring possibilities for reusing stone, which is emerging as one of the lowest-impact building materials (if quarried and reused locally), holding great potential for the circular economy within the construction industry.

The Borough’s plan is to ship monolithic freshly-quarried granite blocks from India to this site, to form “permanent” street furniture. For the time being, these stones, originating in Dorset and bearing the traces of London’s recent history, will hold this space.

As part of the London Design Festival - 18 to 26 September 2021
and will remain on Exhibition road until further notice with a potential of serving the site permanently.

Supported by
Wallonia Brussels International, Wallonia Brussels Architectures
In partnership with
PAYE Stonework and Restoration

Curators: Meneesha Kellay and Catriona Macdonald (V&A)
Collaborators: Mark Haysom (Haysom Purbeck Stone), Robert Greer (PAYE Stonework and Restoration), Rotor, Hugo Corbett and James Westcott

Robert Greer and Tom Harvey (PAYE);
Ruth Siddall (UCL);
Benoit Misonne (Pierre Bleue Belge);
Francis Tourneur (Pierres et Marbres de Wallonie ASBL); Carlo Raffaelli (MSA);
Steve Webb (Webb Yates Engineers);
Caterina Miralles Tagliabue; Charlie Corry Wright and Zachary Mollica (Architectural Association, Hooke Park); 
Lionel Devlieger, Tristan Boniver, Arne Vande Capelle and Lionel Billiet (Rotor)

With special thanks to
Hailee Kukura and Corinna Gardner (V&A); Gary Noble, Peter Weeden, Gregory Colley and Kofi Anyang (RBKC), Laurence Degoudenne (WBI, Wallonia- Brussels International); Nathalie Brison (WBA, Wallonia-Brussels Architectures), Sebastien Mainil and Marie De Belder (AWAP, Walloon Heritage Agency and CEFOMEPI); Simona Palma and David Thonon (AWEX, Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency); Sally Stott, Beatriz Chivite, Ke Yang and Amaya Hernandez (Architectural Association), Pol-André Dulière, Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, David Van Elslande (Photography), Francis Kezirian and Geoffrey Baillez (Merbes de Sprimont), Julie Abraham (Pierre Bleue Belge), Simon Barker (Oxford University), Valerie Vermandel (Whitewood), Alan Diffey, Dave Peddle, Mark Tilsed and Andy Webster (Haysom Purbeck Stone), Mateusz Cioc, Konrad Sokolowski and Robert Rees (PAYE)



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