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St Paul's Cathedral - 'In a Word' Project


St Paul's Cathedral


Millennium Project


St Paul’s is London’s Cathedral so it looks after hundreds of churches in its diocese as well as performing many roles supporting the Church of England abroad. To celebrate The Millennium they asked Tim to design a 10 year exhibition in the North Transept to celebrate their works at home and abroad and because we knew that a large number of visitors do not have English as their first language Tim decided to take famous single words and illustrate these to convey the message.


In a Word stretched for 12m either side of the transept on specially designed Grindling Gibbons stained oak supports featuring dramatic centre pieces – for the diocese the famous west front of the Cathedral made from thousands of detail photographs of their churches and for their work abroad the Christ- head figure reproduced in highly coloured mosaics that hangs above the altar. This was made from a thousand visitors’ faces who visited the cathedral in one week.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed 2000 in with his television message for the world saying, ‘This is my icon for the twenty-first century’, and the studio image was beamed around the globe – it even made it onto the whole front page of The Daily Telegraph!

* © Timothy Guy Design Project described here was undertaken by Tim Guy Toucan Cornwall Design Principal and all rights are vested in him