Bomber Command Memorial

A talk and live webinar by Richard Kindersley

6pm Thursday 5th September 2013 at The Gallery

Bomber Command web
My Studio was commissioned three years ago to design the graphics for the new Memorial including designing an original typeface to reflect the architecture.

My talk will chart the process of designing and drawing the alphabet with some insight into the discussions with the client and the eventual carving into the Portland stone elevation of the main structure. I will also discuss the reasons behind opposition to the Memorial and the lack of recognition of the 55,573 airmen who lost their lives during the campaign. Contemporary history suggests that Bomber Harris shortened the war but for reasons he never imagined, so these intriguing points will be raised during the talk.

The talk will be fully illustrated with development photographs of the various stages of the Memorial’s evolution set against illustrations showing the reality of total war and the uninvited involvement of civilians on both sides of the Channel.

Richard's highlights

2007   Selected with a group of artists and designers to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the V&A by producing a two-dimensional artwork
2008 Work shown at Maastricht Arts Show
2008 Major Public Art commissions for relief carvings near Grosvenor square and text carving near Victoria Station in London
2008 Work on show at Roche Court Sculpture Park in collaboration with Rowan Williams
2009 Appointed as artist for the new Supreme Court, Parliament Square
2012 Winner of competition for Olympic Games poetry graphics
2012 Kings Cross development inscription
2013 Awarded Duke of Gloucester Gold Award for life time contribution stone inscriptions


About Richard

Richard Kindersley studied lettering and sculpture at Cambridge School of Art and in his Father’s workshop. In 1970 he set up his own studio in London, accepting commissions for lettering and sculpture. Among his sculpture commissions are works for Exeter University, British Telecom, Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Flaxyards, Christies’ Fine Art and Night and Day Grosvenor Square London, Winner of 7 major brick carving competitions and awarded the Royal Society of Art, Art for Architecture Award.


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