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Gustafson Porter

Gustafson Porter

London, GB

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Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial

This memorial expresses the concept of ‘Reaching out – letting in’. Located in Hyde Park, the fountain is designed as a peaceful, sculptural landscape form, evoking qualities much loved in Diana. The fountain is designed to radiate energy as well as to draw people inwards.

Designed and cut using ground-breaking digital technology, the fountain is made from 545 pieces of Cornish granite. The design uses the natural slope of the land to make a contrasting light-coloured ring in the surrounding, listed landscape.

Dividing at the top, detailed grooves and channels combine with air jets to animate the water. Sparkling, energetic effects include, ‘Swoosh’, ‘Steps’ and ‘Rock and Roll’. At the base, the two streams of water merge to form a still, reflective basin.

 
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Status: Built
Location: London, GB
My Role: Landscape Architect
Additional Credits: Engineer: ARUP
Main Contractor: Geoffrey Osborne Ltd
Project Manager: Bucknall Austin Project Management
Water Feature Specialist: OCMIS
Consultants: (Landscape contractor) Willerby Landscapes, (Stone layers) Cathedral Works Organisation, (Stone masons) S McConnell and Sons, (Stone texturing specialists) Texxus, (Surface modelling) Surface Development Engineering Ltd

 

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