Project Description

A pool of water reflects the words of the Magna Carta
The Writ in Water walls are constructed of rammed stone from the site.
A central oculus above a pool of water.

Writ in Water, commissioned by the National Trust celebrates the enduring significance of the Magna Carta.

Built in cubits, the most ancient unit of measure, the walls are constructed of rammed stone from the site itself, with a dark stained softwood roof, crushed gravel floor and a central oculus above a pool of water which reflects the words of the Magna Carta.

“This artwork shows how we can bring together contemporary culture and ancient landscape, and wider historical narratives with the detailed context of individual places, in a way that will enhance this special place for years to come.”
John Ornstein, National Trust

Project Details

Date2018
Area180m²
ClientNational Trust
DESIGN TEAMMark Wallinger
Studio Octopi
Built Engineers
Richard Collis (Quantity Surveyor)
AwardRIBA South East Award 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019