Commissioned by the developers Barratt London for the newly built Courthouse apartments on Romney Street in Westminster, Vyner Tree establishes a direct historical link to its location as the site of a former vineyard, once used to produce wine for the Abbot of Westminster Abbey. Spanning some 12 metres, the sculpture rises up and through a living green wall, its shimmering leaves overlooking a private courtyard on one side and Romney Street on the other. At its base are three rocks, sourced from the picturesque mountains of northern Bohemia and then cast in bronze. A simple intervention in the form of a slice or tunnel through the rocks offers a highly polished surface for children to slide on, climb through or explore.
Much of the work Price produces seeks to explore the untapped potential of familiar materials, encouraging them to behave in unfamiliar ways. Trained in both sculpture and design, his practice regularly delves into the grey areas between the two disciplines. Tom Price lives and works in London.