Congratulations William Mitchell!

On 29th October at a ceremony in central London, William Mitchell was presented with the British Precast Creativity in Concrete Award 2014 for his lifetime work.

Mitchell, whose career has spanned decades, has experimented and worked with many different materials including GRP, aluminium and Corten metal, but is widely recognised for his unique and distinctive works of art in various types of concrete which frequently incorporate colour. He is reputed to have the largest and most protected oeuvre of concrete art in the world.

Among Mitchell’s achievements with concrete, is his development of Faircrete, a form of concrete mixed with fibreglass, which can be carved whilst wet and which retains its shape as it dries. Examples of Faircrete concrete can be seen in the fourteen Stations of the Cross at Clifton Cathedral Bristol, which number among his many listed works.

He has also worked with metalised concrete, devising a method of spraying the medium with zinc molecules and then polishing it. The sculptor has had a life-long interest in contributing to the quality of life in city and town centres though his art and used this technique to great effect on the walls of subways.

Impressive large scale concrete works by Mitchell include his work for the Lee Valley Water Company and the vast and complex terrace (now demolished) at Swiss Cottage Community Centre in London.

Main image: William Mitchell with the British Precast Award (photo: Elaine Toogood)

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