Saturday, 12 March 2016

Brick Project at RIBA

Thanks to all who came to hear me talk about bricks at RIBA London on Tuesday 8 March, please find below some images from the evening. Special thanks to Smeed Dean Brick Works for supplying the bricks.
Photos: Joanna Brinton.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Brick Project at RIBA

I'm excited to announce that I will be presenting Brick Project on Tuesday 8 March at RIBA as part of their public programme for the exhibition Creation for Catastrophe further will be posted soon.

 Laura Wilson, Brick Project (2010 - ). Peru.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Bishops Park, brick plinths

Brick plinths in Bishops Park in Fulham. The gardens contain stone figures depicting 'Adoration', 'Protection', 'Grief' and 'Leda', presented by the sculptor J. Wedgwood.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Metro: Block-obsessed collector scours Britain for another brick for his wall

 From today's Metro on p27:

Metro, Wednesday 22 May 2013, p27
Some people collect stamps, others coins and trainspotters have to accumulate engine numbers – but have you ever heard of anyone collecting bricks?
For over two decades, Neil Brittlebank has travelled the length and breadth of Britain amassing a batch of rare bricks.
He even convinced his daughter, Gail, to carry a brick she found while on holiday in France around in her backpack so he could add it to his collection.
And each of his 1,000 blocks has a story to tell, says the 78-year-old.
‘I just think it’s a shame not to preserve them, they are part of our history,’ said Mr Brittlebank, whose oldest brick dates back to 1892.
He scours demolition sites, disused buildings and hedgerows to seek out bricks for his pile.
‘I have one which is rather rare, in that it should say Ackrington Iron on it. But what it actually says is Ackrington Nori,’ said the father-of-two.

The retired mine safety worker’s love of bricks started in 1990, when he heard his old pit, Lofthouse Colliery, in west Yorkshire, was going to be demolished to make way for a country park.
‘I could see all these old bricks lying around and asked a man working on the redevelopment what was going to happen to them,’ said Mr Brittlebank.
‘He said they were going to be crushed and I thought it was a shame, so I asked if I could have some – the collection started from there,’ he said.
Rather than clog up his home in East Ardsley, near Leeds, with his collection, Mr Brittlebank has used the bricks to build a garden path and driveway.
At least it means long-suffering wife, Maureen, doesn’t have to clean his haul.
But if she objects to her husband’s obsession, it seems, some of their neighbours encourage it.
‘People leave them for me, sometimes,’ said Mr Brittlebank. ‘I open the door and find bricks on the doorstep.’

Friday, 19 April 2013

Brick from Demolition of Spandau Prison

The Antiques Road Show which aired on Sunday 14 April featured a brick from Spandau Prison, Berlin. The prison was demolished in 1987 after the death of its last prisoner, Rudolf Hess. Follow this link to watch the clip on the BBC website: --->

Friday, 1 March 2013

Brick Project at Turner Contemporary

Yesterday I presented Brick Project at Turner Contemporary in Margate. For more information and documentation please click here.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Smeed Dean Brick Works

On Friday I went to visit the Smeed Dean Brick Works in Sittingbourne, Kent. It is the last remaining brick works in Kent and the only factory in the UK which produces the original Yellow London Stock Brick, which has a distinctive pale yellow colour with various irregularities created during the firing process.

The factory was established in 1845 by Smeed and Dean and in the 1880's was the largest in Britain, producing 8 million London stocks annually.  At the time, it was a huge employer in the area – building cottages and a church for the workers near to the factory. Today the factory is run by the large company Wienerberger and it is operated by a team of 35 employees who still live locally, the factory produces 16-17 million bricks every year.

Each brick takes approximately 6 days to produce. Please find below some images from my visit.