Luke Macnab and Andrew Wardrope (with support from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios) have been shortlisted for a RIBA competition to design a national landmark.
Planned for a yet-to-be confirmed motorway-side site, the public art commission will be constructed of one million bricks, each one symbolising an answered prayer, and will also feature a visitor centre.
The team have proposed a 200m meandering wall, adjacent to the motorway, which divides land from water to create pockets of sheltered space for congregation or contemplation. The linear form of the structure invites visitors to walk along it, to explore each of the spaces, and in the largest space, at the heart of the scheme, the water is brought ‘inside’ the wall in the form of a fountain.
Following a second stage of design, the winner will be announced in January 2018.