Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion’s internationally acclaimed artworks serve as conduits between people and nature and have been widely exhibited in the UK and abroad. www.dalzielscullion.com
Dalziel + Scullion’s powerful design elegantly interweaves finance, people and planet and has the potential to become a highly respected symbol of sustainable finance, galvanising action and change.
The work will be a gilded circle of braided grass depicting the entwined aspects of economics, planet and people. The sculpture will be approximately 4m in diameter and weigh between 1 and 2 tonnes, depending on the material used for the casting.
At 4m high the Amulet will enable the public to interact with it and be seen from afar.
The Artists: Dalziel + Scullion
Amulet monumentalises a simple gesture, a twisted loop of grass, to draw attention to our relationship with and dependence on the Earth. A timeless symbol, the circle is associated with the reciprocity of the Earth and the idea that nature and finance must become equal partners. The gilded circle of Amulet evokes a wealth that is bound to the earth and to sustainability.
Throughout history, cultures have used braided material as both a tool and a metaphor where each strand is made stronger by being bound with others - individuals and collectives who come together for the greater good.
Dalziel + Scullion, 2019
Following technical and deatiled design approval by the City Arts Initiative and the Diocese of London, expected in late 2020, it is hoped Amulet will be sited in the City of London at Christ Church Greyfriars Churchyard.
This central site is very close to Paternoster Square and the London Stock Exchange and is the perfect location to promote sustainable finance.
Historically, Christ Church Greyfriars is a ‘phoenix rising’ site - from its beginning as an influential 13th Century Franciscan monastery that was destroyed by the Great Fire of London, to then being rebuilt by Christopher Wren in 1687, and then badly bombed in the blitz.
It is our hope that Amulet will offer this site the opportunity to host a transformative symbol that will serve as a powerful corona to focus our energies on investing in the future of the planet.
Concept image of proposed site at Christ Church Greyfriars Churchyard, City of London
To ensure the success of this project, we are phasing project activities and costs based on secured pledges received from our fundraising activities. It is our plan to unveil the sculpture in 2021 around the time of the UN Climate Summit (COP26).
PHASE 1 - Following the launch of the project in June 2018, we have raised £80,000, mainly from private individuals and small charitable trusts. These monies have paid for an art consultant to organise the design competition, for other preparatory work such as feasibility studies and surveys on numerous sites in the City of London, and for work presently being undertaken by the selected artists on the detailed design of the Amulet sculpture and to obtain formal approval of the concept and the site from authorities such as the City Arts Initiative, the Archdeaconry of London and the City of London.
PHASE 2 - Will include development design work, art curation, materials and installation, as well as ongoing maintenance and insurance of the work.
Having read about Greyfriars’ history as an important location of the Franciscans who advocated a different type of lifestyle where knowledge (often rooted in nature), integrity and interconnection were valued over wealth and property – we believe that the contemporary objectives of this project reverberate strongly with the timeless principles of the sites past.
Throughout history, key figures have guided us to look at things differently, perhaps it is their intellect, their personality or just their persistence that helps us to examine engrained behaviour through an alternative lens. It was never Tessa’s intention that this sculptural symbol be about her, but it is hard not to associate it with her sharply curtailed life’s work. The fact that, not one, but three medieval queens are thought to be buried at this site, resonates a degree of dormant power that reverberates perfectly in the beliefs Tessa championed.
Dalziel + Scullion, 2020