Feliks Topolski (1907–1989) was an artist and illustrator who worked from a studio underneath the arches of London’s South Bank. The studio has now been converted to a restaurant and bar and Patina was commissioned to install a number of Topolski’s large painted canvases in the space.
The canvases make up sections of a huge artwork, 600 feet long in its entirety, called ‘Memoir of the Century’, containing many important figures and events from Topolski’s life. They were to be installed above the bar, fitting into the curve of the arched ceiling.
In order to achieve this, a fixed scaffolding shell was built for us, which would act as a support for the paintings. We worked closely with the conservator to discuss the best way to hang the works and eventually suspended them from the scaffold using steel cables and tensioners.