As part of the award-winning residential development at The Knightsbridge, completed in 2006, Squire and Partners designed a dramatic porte-cochere with curved limestone walls to announce the building entrance. The sweeping entrance wall, which is opposite a cascading water feature, was identified as an area for an installation of public art.
An invited competition was organised by art consultants Modus Operandi, with Shelagh Wakely emerging as the clear winner with her proposal of Water Drawing. Shelagh was an established artist and sculptor who combined the worlds of visual art, architecture and design. Inspired by nature and natural forms, she often focussed on pattern and continuity.
Shelagh's Water Drawing artwork enlivens the two gently curved Portland stone walls flanking the entrance to The Knightsbridge. The rippling surface of the water cascading down a low wall on the opposite side of the porte-cochere, and collecting in a pool behind, is reflected on the ceiling and the curved walls behind, in which blue, silver, reflective and iridescent glass is set flush with the Portland stone.
Sadly Shelagh Wakely died in March 2011. The Independent described Water Drawing as a "wandering, glittering line of glass inlay in Portland Stone" in their obituary to her.