In 2004-05, Harris Digital documented the recreation of four massive stone beasts for the World Monuments Fund (Britian).
These extraordinary sculptures were recreated and restored to St George’s in Bloomsbury by the Cambridge based Architectural Carvers and Stonemasons, Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey Ltd (now Fairhaven and Woods Ltd).
Below is just a small sample of images taken during the carving process. To ensure we captured as much of the project as possible, we made additional site visits at our own cost.
Harris Digital Productions filmed the whole process, from the model making, carving and the 72 stone sections which were assembled around the spire of the church.
Stonemasons rebuilding Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar Gateway in the City of London on 23 August 2004.
At a cost of just over £3.0m – funded by the City of London along with donations from the Temple Bar Trust and several Livery Companies – the reconstruction of Temple Bar on a site next to St Paul’s Cathedral was completed in November 2004.
Another important date was added to the history of London’s most famous gateway, when the first stone of Temple Bar was carefully dismantled on 13 October 2003.
Each stone is numbered and placed on a pallet which is covered with protective softening. The old mortar which was used to fix the stones into position is removed by the stone masons. The pallets are then lowered by a fork lift truck and then shrink-wrapped before being selectively placed within the compound of the site.