Spirit of Place by Simone Brewster
Brewster’s Spirit of Place captures the essence of the cork oak trees at Herdade de Rio Frio. The lower trunks of these trees carry a warm brown tone which is reflected through Brewster’s 5 totems. In its evocation of a forest, Brewster’s Spirit of Place, originally commissioned for London Design Festival 2023, feels right at home in the picturesque park of Harbour Quay Gardens in Wood Wharf.
Positioned on the boardwalk, the 5 totems can be seen from multiple vantage points, with the backdrop of greenery, water, or indeed read in relation to the monumental skyline of Canary Wharf.
The sculptures, using Amorim cork are also reminiscent of columns or vessels, seamlessly fusing architectural and domestic forms with the natural world.