'Site Plan II', Willis Faber Building Tapestry

Willis Faber Building, Ipswich


Cut-pile tapestry for Norman Foster's Willis Faber Building.

"Sir Norman Foster's magnificent Willis Faber Building in Ipswich, built 1973-1974, is recognised as an architectural landmark and a major contribution to contemporary debate on modern design in the urban landscape. The tapestry, sited at the head of the large entrance vestibule, is a recent addition to the interior and is a testament to the continuing involvement I have with this site and one of my greatest friends. Willis Faber is one of my favourite buildings in the world. In the late 70s I based a painting on it and have visited it countless times over twenty years. Being asked to make a tapestry for this central circulation space was like being invited home. I see this as a small victory in my work." - Brian, 1998.