All Taiwan for Christmas is you…

he end of term is almost here, but before we could let the Students go off and put themselves in a mince pie and mulled wine induced coma, they had one final thing to do. The first years have been hard at work over the last couple of weeks on their group DRP (Design Realisation Project), where they get a chance to show off all the skills they’ve learnt over their first term at Guildhall. The challenge this year was to make a replica of the Taiwanese ‘Guandu Temple Ancient Buddha Pit’, to be displayed in our very own paint shop.


Artex and various grey washes were used to make the lovely stone texture for the walls.


Grace took the opportunity to experiment with plasterzote to make the dragons, after a visiting Lecturer came in and explained the process used to make fantastic sculptures and costumes.


Pippa having a quick rest inside the roof before it was lifted up onto the pillars.


It might look like Andy is toasting something tasty, but it’s actually the best way to heat up Airex for the roof tiles so they can be pressed into the right shape.


Freshly toasted tiles.

After a final flurry of painting and touch ups, the finished temple was ready to be open to the public, who were lured in by the scent of incense, and the odd poster. (though mainly the incense- Moorgate has never smelled so good!)



The two dragons stand guard in front of some lovely trompe l’oeil


The roof used a mix of Polycarving, Jesmonite casting, careful painting, and stencilling to recreate the complicated design.




The best views are on the inside!





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