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Laura Sayers
Royal Albert Hall

Tools Used
Scissors, scalpel, tacky glue, double sided sticky tape, metal ruler, gouache paint

Which London landmark did you choose and why?

I chose the Royal Albert Hall as it has a simple shape but the windows and facades are full of little details which is what I love working on the most. The history and the iconic nature of the building is what drew me to it, and it's been really interesting studying the structure and trying to interpret it in paper form.

Talk us through the process of making the piece.

I started off with the basic shapes - the hall is actually an oval so I made four sheets into the outside walls and then added a slightly fiddly dome on the top, which was pretty tricky for me as I'm used to working in 2D and on a much smaller scale. Then I added lots of windows, doors and other details to the oval including my interpretation of the mosaic that runs around the outside. 

What was the most challenging part of the brief?

Working in 3D was fairly new to me; I had to get my head around the scale of the building and it took a bit of trial and error to get it looking like the Albert Hall and not like a cake! I'm not usually one to plan things too much in terms of measurements and drawing things out, but this took a lot more accuracy than I'm used to - I was still making things up as I went along though!

What part of the brief did you enjoy the most?

Choosing from all the colours was a lot of fun. Even though I ended up using a lot of them I was originally going to use even more! Seeing it come together was quite satisfying too, it was refreshing to work on something bigger than I'm used to and to see it from every angle. 

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