TWO Sussex stonemasons from the Chichester-based Cathedral Works Organisation (CWO) have been given the honour of creating a unique stone bench to form the centrepiece of a new public space in London.
Sam Elgar, 20, from Chichester, and Ed Shaw, 29, from Eastbourne, are working on the bench, made from ten pieces of 150 million-year-old Portland stone and weighing 10 tons.
It is six-and-a-half metres long and made from carved Grove Whitbed stones which continuously increase in size, giving the appearance of the bench growing out of the ground.
It will be located in Cheapside, adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Both Sam and Ed have recently completed their three-year apprenticeship at CWO.
They have been working alongside Liverpool architecture students on the project.
“For me, the greatest challenge of this project is learning to work with the speed and accuracy needed to achieve an excellent quality end result,” said Sam.
Adam Stone, technical director at CWO, said: “The organic beauty of the stone and the skill involved in artisan stonemasonry means the end result will be striking. We are all looking forward to seeing the bench take shape.”