St Peters Church is one of the earliest in England and the first with stained glass windows, which is why it sits adjacent to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
Appointed in 2012 I worked with the City’s Landscape team and Enlighten lighting consultants to create a low key, but high quality resetting of the Church in its domain, contextualising the significant amount of archaeology beneath the surface. The scheme required a lot of consultation and approvals which resulted in a protracted delivery process.
photography David Grebby
The role of Lead Artist produced a variety of specific features as well as an overall input into layout and palette. Most notable is the cobble path which acts as a time-line detailing Benedict Biscop's six journeys to Rome in the late 7th Century, running along the archaeological site of the original feature. These are cast aluminium panels set amongst real cobbles.
The inclusion of several 21st Century materials, including light transmitting concrete in the shape of a St Peters cross (upside down), phosphorescent bricks that adsorb UV light during the day and glow at night, and CorTen detailed pavers, echoes the progressive nature of the 7th Century Church’s own project.