Client: Glasgow School of Art
Model of the Mackintosh library at Glasgow School of Art. In May 2014 the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art suffered a terrible fire, resulting in the loss of the 'jewel in the crown': the Mackintosh Library. This model was commissioned for display at the art school while the process of restoration takes place.
The model showed the library space, which was over one floor plus a balcony, and the store room above, as well as the associated exterior walls. It was modelled in very fine detail, and full colour, and included the furniture originally designed for the space as well as working lights. Some of the details, such as the light shades and balcony panels, were manufactured using etched brass, and other components, such as parts of the furniture, were laser cut. However, most of the model was made and painted by hand.
The process started with a great deal of research; fortunately there are many photos of this space and some architectural drawings. The construction of the model was an incredible learning experience, as I saw close up the beautiful symmetry of the space, and the elegant, balanced structure. I also got to study the details - how each of the balcony panels was carved with a different pattern, the stonework, which from ground level is hard to appreciate.
The model can be viewed as part of the tour of the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art.