The Betchworth Screen
St Michael's Church, Betchworth, Surrey
From the beginning of the project at St Michael’s we aimed to create meaningful and spiritual architectural art that is interactive with the fabric of the ancient building that is its custodian. St Michael is the theme of the semi-abstract design.
The composition is formed from low relief and levels of opacity in glass. This allows for the art to feel visually suspended in the generous space between the bespoke oak doors, and the graceful beamed roof where the glass visually disappears. It is a diaphanous partition.
The rhythmic flow of the etched design chimes with the location of the new choir vestry created by the screen - responding to this area of the church as a musical hub. The installed art of the Betchworth Screen is a contemporary feature with the sensitivity not to overpower the building fabric or the spiritual atmosphere of the Church.
Date: April 2016