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Concrete Poetry


Limited edition print / 1 of 5.

Material: Flock on paper
Size: 297 x 420 mm
1/5 silk screen prints, in white flock on heavy weight paper.

Developed as part of an ongoing study of concrete car parks in the UK, Concrete Poetry is a screen print referencing the concrete type on the façade of High Cross Car Park in Truro city centre.

Built in 1974, the building is one of a very few examples of Modern public concrete architecture in Cornwall. High Cross was designed by architect John Taylor, of Marshman, Warren, Taylor Architects who were, at the time, one of the largest architectural firms in the UK. As well as an architect, Taylor prided himself on being a graphic designer and the giant concrete lettering, ‘Car Park, Car Park, Car Park, Car Park’, on the façade of the building was designed by him. Although monumental, this piece of lettering is actually very detailed with the letters carefully designed to overlap and fit into the shape of the cast concrete blocks. Intended as the entrance for the car park, the façade would have acted as a piece of architectural ‘wayfinding’ or ‘sign-posting’, directing drivers to come and park their cars. Unfortunately the Council changed the way the road networked around the building at the last minute which inadvertently changed the entrance into the exit. Ironically, the only glimpse of the graphic façade you get is through your rear view mirror as you leave the car park.

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Copyright © Sophie Tarbuck.

Due to the nature of hand printing there will be slight imperfections.
Prints are packaged in clear poly sleeves and are shipped in strong, board backed envelopes.
All prints are supplied unframed and sent flat by Royal Mail.