Building wrap artwork for Somerset House, Strand, London.

This building wrap artwork for Somerset House trust was a commission for Somerset House Studios artists. To create artwork which covers the scaffolding of the Strand façade, whilst the building was undergoing refurbishment work. In doing so, they used this as an opportunity to communicate the creative mission of Somerset House to the wider public.

Building wrap artwork

Description of the scaffold wrap artwork

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard were asked to create new works for this building wrap artwork as part of their photographic series known as ‘Multigraphs’, an ongoing series of portraits made using a Victorian mirror device. The images capture five simultaneous views of the subject in a single exposure. This resurrected technology enables the illusion to be produced entirely in-camera. With a longstanding interest in reflection and refraction, Iain and Jane’s practice has been a form of portraiture from the very start. The subjects in the building wrap artwork would be other artists resident at Somerset House Studios, representing the trusts cultural mission.

The artists – Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Iain and Jane are artists and filmmakers working across installation, performance, sound, film and TV drama. They are based at Somerset House Studios. Iain & Jane’s work is exhibited worldwide and collected by museums and institutions including the Tate Gallery and the British Government Art Collection. Their film20,000 Days on Earth won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the jury described it as “arguably the most exciting film in competition.” The film was also nominated for best documentary at the Spirit Awards and BAFTA.

At the 2015 British Independent Film Awards, Iain & Jane received the award for Best Debut Director.

About the Building Wrap Artwork

As with all well managed building wraps, a scaffolding sub-frame must be installed onto the main scaffolding structure. Working with the scaffolding and main contractor to ensure the scaffolding structure was safe to install this large printed building wrap artwork.

Digitally printed on a high resolution printer we used a mesh PVC material. The finishing we used a high frequency welder which is specifically design for welding PVC and mesh plastics together.

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Building wraps artwork