Timber in construction

One of the perks of being the video reporter at LMC is getting to see and film some awe-inspiring buildings and structures – often before anyone else has seen or set foot in them.

Last month we headed down to London’s South Bank, to film the Head Above Water sculpture. The job was for our client, Wood for Good – the timber industry’s campaign to promote the use of wood in design and construction, and obviously a huge supporter of the Head above Water initiative given how beneficial wood is to our mental and physical wellbeing.

This nine-metre-high timber structure was built as part of the London Design Festival, which has been running every year since 2003 to promote London as the design capital of the world.

The brainchild of British designer Steuart Padwick, Head Above Water was created to raise awareness of mental health issues. It was designed deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral, and according to mental health charity Time to Change, “stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them”.

Head Above Water designer, Steuart Padwick

Steuart first sculpted a head in clay and then developed the concept into its current stage using precision engineered, renewable and sustainable cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels.

The project drew on the expertise of many individuals and organisations, who all provided their support free of charge. These included, among many others, Stora Enso, which supplied the CLT for the project; Ramboll, which provided structural engineering advice; London Decking Company, which prepared the pier deck; and White Productions, which oversaw the technical direction.

My personal highlight of the day was listening to Steuart’s passionate story about conquering his own demons and how he hopes this project will help others in a similar situation.

Watch the film here:

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About the Author: Arthur Eyles

Arthur is our digital media expert and video specialist. He works across all our client accounts, creating multimedia content for PR and marketing campaigns.

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