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St Augustine’s Church, Hammersmith

Contributed by Abyme on Jun 23rd, 2022. Artwork published in
February 2018
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    Philip Surey applies gold leaves onto the painted letters.
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Philip Surey applies gold leaves onto the painted letters.

    Inscriptions designed by John Morgan studio for The Order of St Augustine’s Church in Hammersmith, London, restored and refurbished by Roz Barr Architects (completed February 2018). This is the first application of the typeface Persona, released by Abyme in June 2022. Persona is a display sans serif based on Hans Möhring’s Florida (c. 1931) and inspired by Renaissance letterforms characteristic of the Florentine architecture, painting and sculpture of the fifteenth century.

    Inscriptional text is set in a new cast iron light ring suspended above the altar, also designed by Roz Barr Architects, and gilded across the apse wall and below the Stations of the Cross by Philip Surey.

    The inscription on the apse wall reads: Qui vult vivere, habet ubi vivat, habet unde vivat. Accedat, credat ut incorporetur, ut vivificetur (Those who long for life have here its very source. Let them come here and believe, unite with You and live).

    Read more about the project at the Abyme Revue and at The Architect’s Journal.

    The apse wall and cast iron light ring
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The apse wall and cast iron light ring

    Gilded apse wall inscription
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Gilded apse wall inscription

    Gilded apse wall inscription
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Gilded apse wall inscription

    Cast iron light ring inscription
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Cast iron light ring inscription

    Phil Surey painting the Stations of the Cross
    John Morgan studio/Abyme. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Phil Surey painting the Stations of the Cross

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