The form of the altar resembles a sarcophagus and is made from a single travertine block that ‘floats’ on a plinth of dark stained oak similar to the material of the choir stalls and seating. The bone coloured surface full of natural open pores and fissures is hand polished suggesting wounds, skin and body. The altar top has the pores infilled and its centre area is subtly illuminated to achieve a transfigured expression.
The altar is a simple design where the presence is revealed subtly from within and is complimentary to the new East Window where presence is expressed by radiating outwards. Both suggest presence being revealed in absence.
St Martin In the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London 2011
collaboration with Shirazeh Houshiary
photos: James Morris