Homage to Nocturnal by Steven Carvill

Homage to Nocturnal by Steven Carvill


Benjamin Britten created  his work ‘Nocturnal after John Dowland’ for Julian Bream to premiere at Aldeburgh in 1964. The eight movements in Britten’s piece are named after different phases of sleep; very agitated, meditative, uneasy etc. The names are in Italian and I have tried to reflect the meaning in the design of the words, the names of each  movement are carved on to the four vertical sides of the stone.

Our ideas as designers are ultimately realised through our hands; - drawing carving with chisels and now pressing a keypad.  The transition from abstract thought, mood and feeling to the realisation of the idea, are seen most immediately and engagingly in the hands of the musician; I thought of referring to this by placing a guitarist’s hands on the pieces; the presence of the guitar is implied by its absence.

Portland Stone, ciment fondu and steel

1230 x 400 x 190mm

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