Stacking and Gabion walls – St Andrews, 2011-12

The brick wall below is made up of approximately 2,250 Victorian bricks from the original St Andrews hospital building. The design acts as a tribute to the stacking method and pattern used by a small group of African labourers who worked consistently on the removal of mortar and hand-stacking of hundreds of thousands of bricks throughout the fifteen month period that Bobby Lloyd photographed the hospital demolition. Lloyd worked closely with Glenn Howells Architects in conceiving the layout, and with the bricklayers during construction.

In order to reconnect with the objects found on site and create a narrative that linked the various public art pieces to date, as well as a new art piece for St Andrews Park,  Bobby Lloyd worked with Creative Art Casting to cast in resin five objects in sets of five to embed in the Gabion walls. Acting as a treasure hunt for local families, leading from Dames Road up to Bromley-by-Bow station, the objects include a Victorian brick (as above), one of the numerous footballs, a grinding stone, a cast iron wheel and one of the drain covers (used for the pattern in the balconies).