Unseen History Inspires New Public Art

New public art for The Marq, Duke Street for The Crown Estate will be created by the renowned artist Jacqueline Poncelet. The carefully integrated pieces, each with a different impact, will create a special and distinct building with cultural value. The imaginative proposals include carved stonework with gilding to the exterior, stunning patinated bronze entrance gates and terrazzo artwork to the reception.

The pieces reflect the unseen history of the people who worked to create the fine tailoring that characterises the area. Jermyn Street has for centuries been home to London’s finest tailors, as well as food and wine merchants, restaurants and art galleries. It is an area with a human scale, where people linger and discover small treasures in shop displays, artworks and antiques.

A ‘dropped thread’ theme provides inspiration for the public art pieces

“I looked for something that might represent all the small events that have shaped the people and the neighbourhood. I thought about the unseen beauty of threads falling to the ground as the tailors work away and how that random mark could be used as a symbol for all the small history that goes unacknowledged as this area changes. The people and things that have gone but they have left their trace.”
Jacqueline Poncelet, Artist

Each one of the three artworks is intuitive and an interpretation of the ‘dropped thread’ theme. All are bound together by intimacy and discovery, colour and beauty.

Jacqueline Poncelet established herself as a major figure on the international ceramics scene in the 1970s and 80s. In the 1990s she diversified her practice to include painting, sculpture and public art commissions. Her key works include ‘Wrapper’ at Edgware Road Circle Line, commissioned by Art on the Underground, and a design for the glass façade for Queen Mary, University of London humanities building in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects. She has been an influential educator and curator worldwide and has won many awards.