Stuart Haygarth: Framed

“…my starting point and raw material for this piece are picture frame mouldings of differeing sizes, shapes,
types of material and colors. exploring the V&A for suitable and available locations for the installation,
I decided upon an elegant marble staircase. the work aligns the structural architecture of staircases with the
‘right angle’ sample mouldings commonly displayed throughout the picture frame industry. the analogy of those
two shapes gave me the idea of cladding the staircase in the multitudes of mouldings available to create a work
akin in 3D graffiti on a traditional staircase reminiscent of the yellow brick road in ‘the wizard of oz’,
a marble pathway clear of frames enables the viewer to walk through the installation.”

The team at John Jones installed Framed, a project with framers John Jones and artist Stuart Haygarth, at the V&A as part of the London Design Festival 2010. Over 600 metres of frame profiles have been cut, mitred, joined, sanded and coloured in a range of special finishes including gold leaf.The talented team at John Jones built the piece, painstakingly piecing together hundreds of framing mouldings to build the artwork which will adorn the one of the staircases at the entrance of the V&A. The first of its kind, the piece is required a great amount of hard work and skill from the John Jones specialist team, transforming Stuart’s vision into a reality.

CREDITS: Stuart Haygarth