US Embassy Site

I took part in the Developing Landscape project bringing together artists, interested in exploring and painting the changing landscapes of South West London.

I was disappointed to find the US Embassy is emerging from the Embassy Gardens site as an uninspiring glass cube of square and oblong windows.

While I drew, I wondered if the finished construction would reveal a more creative endeavour to better represent America, for current and future generations to enjoy, to be a notable feature of the London landscape and enhance the riverside view.

I soon realised I was sitting and drawing yards away from the Edward Snowden wall mosaic that had not so long ago appeared on a brick wall presumably deliberately close to the US Embassy. There was a large square of unglazed area on the embassy building so I used the Snowden mosaic to fill the space.