Goddard House Water feature

THE BRIEF:

The grand, country house, built by Edwin Lutyens in the 1900s was featured in the 3rd episode of the series where amateur stonemasons Stephane, Sam and Jo compete to create a water feature to be judged by our director Anna Keay and ultimately purchased by The Landmark Trust.

THE RESULT:

Anna said "The enthusiasm of the three participants was clear from the start, but I really wasn't sure about their ability - and keeping up with Lutyens is no easy task. But the end results were actually very good and I think the winner, Stephane, could have a wonderful career ahead of him."

THE CONCEPT:

I wanted to carve a piece that would carry so many things together (and i wandered sometimes if it was not too much!) , here is the list below taken from a list of 30 things to fit in!!! I wanted to include:

- the playfulness and quirkiness of Lutyens ( I think he would have loved the fact that it is water coming out of a chimney! :-) ),

- Instead of celebrating the death of the Frederick Mirrielees, who commissioned the house, i decided to celebrate the reason why the house was built in the first place (having fun and relaxing), therefore celebrating his legacy,

- the Art and Craft Philosophy (respect of material, skills, against the industrial world, which i have translated into making an interactive game instead of plying with ipads etc those days),

- the landscape around by bringing the reflexion of the sky and trees around into the water feature, so some water had to stay in the checker board,

- the house design as it had to reflect its specific surrey style, so using the chimney as my base,

- the garden design by Gertrude Jekyll, and features, by using the mill wheel as a key design for my drafts and the checker board for its geometry

So not an easy task, but the checker board ideal seemed to enbrace them all! So I went for it!