‘Architecture in Miniature’

Vicki Ambery-Smith, ‘Architecture in Miniature’, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, until 17th May 2016

Sheldonian Theatre

Sheldonian Theatre

One can certainly understand why Timothy Wilson, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, asked Vicki Ambery-Smith, to create these six stunning representations of iconic Oxford buildings which were chosen by her and with which she is familiar since she grew up in Oxford.

Bodleian Library

Bodleian Library

The “major” item in the exhibition is the sterling silver and gold-plated model of the three hundred and fifty year old Sheldonian Theatre. When the roof of the “box” is opened a perfectly photo-etched view of the theatre’s interior is revealed.  A perfect way to commemorate a 350th anniversary.

Radcliffe Camera Brooch

Radcliffe Camera Brooch

The other buildings are either depicted as jewellery or boxes and even a condiment set.  They include The Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College Tower, Keble College, St John’s College and the Bodleian Library box.  All reveal the architectural detail for which the artist has become so well-known and eagerly sought after.  Five of the above buildings can also be seen in the large-scale ‘Oxford Ring’.

Magdalen Tower

Magdalen Tower

Four of Hugh Colvin’s Oxford-inspired architectural installations are shown alongside these wonderful pieces.

 

Keble College (closed)

Keble College (closed)

http://www.vickiamberysmith.co.uk

http://www.ashmolean.org

Oxford Ring

Oxford Ring

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