Oriel by Kim Thome Sunday 27/08/17

Unveiling the Oriel 


Oriel by Kim Thome, a piece of art we’ve funded, has been unveiled this week – we hope that you like it!   As with all the public art that St James Street Big Local is funding, the decision was based on the local consultation that we did at The Mill in November 2016, where the public overwhelmingly voted for Kim Thome’s proposed artwork Oriel for the corner of International Supermarket.  Kim said “Being involved in such a local project meant it was very special to me and I feel very proud to be part of the changing landscape of St James Street.”


The Oriel references the bay widow that used to be on this building. The structure is a skeletal outline drawing of a bay window that features cathedral stained glass.

As the sunlight moves across the structure the glass and steel cast moving shadow that give an optical play of depth and doubles of the coloured glass onto the wall behind.

The building opposite is an exact replica of what used to be on this wall.

In some ways it was about creating an architectural feature that gives a nod to the past of the area.

Kim Thomé (1981), Norwegian

Kim lives in Walthamstow and runs his studio from Leyton where he works on private commissions and developing new installations and furniture.

Kim graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2012 and has since exhibited at A Palazzo Gallery, William Bennington Gallery, Selfridges, Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD), Habitat and showcased for Wallpaper in Milan. Kim was commissioned to create the centerpiece installation at the V&A during LDF 2015 for crystal company, Swarovski.

His works finds a balance between installation and objects, working to blend a mixture of graphic elements and optical play in material and spaces.

To find out more about Kim and other work he has done you can visit his website: www.kimthome.com