Jay Battle - Vanishing Point (1999)
Compared to a sea creature’s empty shell, this giant fossil-like sculpture stands at the edge of Westferry circus.
Carved from Derbyshire stone and resting on a steel plinth, Vanishing Point arrived in Canary Wharf as part of the The Shape Of The Century exhibition in 1999.
This huge event celebrated 100 years of sculpture in Britain and
re-established Docklands as part of London’s artistic landscape.
Sculptor Jay Battle said: “My own sculpture is a way of expressing myself in a complete and fulfilling way.
“I think vanishing point envisages a point at which randomness and individuality become uniform.��?
Countless hands have smoothed the stone surface, adding to the piece’s intimate nature.
Canadian-born Battle began as an apprentice in architectural stone carving.
At the time he created Vanishing Point he was head carver at Salisbury Cathedral.