William Pye Water Scupture


A commission for the new Haberdashers' Hall designed by Michael Hopkins Architects. This sculpture celebrates the charitable work undertaken by the Haberdashers' Company. The three smooth jets of laminar flow water symbolise the contributions of the three different categories of Freemen - Patrimony, Servitude and Redemption. These contributions in the form of water are offered up and collected within the crucible held aloft, from where they are distributed into containers beneath, representing the various institutions which benefit from Haberdashers'. The jets emerge through bronze castings set in the ground and the stepped buttress form bears the following text: 'TO NOURISH THE ART OR MISTERY OF HABERDASHER’S AND OUR CITY OF LONDON' which is in keeping with the language of the Company's Elizabethan Charter of 1578.