Transport for London Blitz Memorials
I've been working with London Stone Conservation since 2014. 2016 started with a brief for a series of large memorials commissoned by Transport for London to remember people killed during the Blitz, at Bank, Balham and Sloane Square.
Each pannel of Welsh Slate was cut in TfL's world famous Johnston font, a challenge but satisfying letterform to carve. TFL’s Johnston font has been described as London’s Typeface, it’s 2016 centenary marked with a range of events and exhibition.
The process started with setting out the inscription by hand, spacing each line by eye before applying the inscription to the stone. Carved over several months, each large inscription followed the same meticulous process - cutting each line, refining the work as I went, before painting and rubbing back the panel.
My colleagues at London Stone Conservation will be installing each panel for formal unveiling later this year, the final stages are shown in the images below.