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Grafton Architects feature in this year’s London Design Festival. The V&A is home to an immersive installation, The Ogham Wall created in collaboration with ID2015.
The Ogham Wall, inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, is massive in scale. 23 concrete fins stretch to a height of three meters and are spread across the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery in clusters. Each grouping of fins relates to a letter in the Ogham alphabet and each letter symbolises a native Irish tree. The stone-like fins are reminiscent of ancient Irish and British sites with circles and standing stones such as Drombeg, Garrane or Lettergorman in County Cork, or Stonehenge in England.
Each of the 23 fins is unique and cast using a combination of an old-school artisan approach combined with digital moulding technology developed by Graphic Relief. The fins are constructed from a variety of concrete mixes containing various metals that reflect the patterns inspired by various tree bark textures. The scale of the installation paired with the materials used, provides a multi-layered immersive experience that invites visitors to engage with the tactile surfaces, which vary in texture, temperature and colour.