Public Art
 
 
 
 
Commissioned by Camden Council/English Heritage - bronze plaque for Gloucester Gate Bridge in London.
 
Two bronze panels commissioned as part of the restoration of Gloucester Gate Bridge, Camden, London and completed at the same time as the major refurbishment of St Pancras station.
 
Gloucester Gate Bridge was built in 1877 to provide a carriageway across the canal which circled Regents Park. Spectacular when first conceived with its carved and pierced red sandstone abutments, it had piers with inset bronze panels and highly ornamented bronze lighting columns topped with illuminated globes.  In addition there were a series of carved figures all of which were destroyed in the war.
 
Over the years the bronze panels had disappeared, damaged and stolen – the final panel suffered a vehicle impact in 2002 – and having been wrenched from its mountings was ultimately stolen during repair works.
 
The decision by English Heritage to replace two of the panels required a search to find an image to work from - one only existed in The Camden Institute. It was from this contemporary  photograph that Stuart Smith re-created two identical plaques depicting The Matyrdom of St Pancras.
 
Legend has it that the 14 year old was put to death by circus animals – another story says he was beheaded – whatever the cause of his death the plaque shows an animal of unknown mythological species – whether wolf or lion is in question.