As our exhibition of favourite Shakespeare quotes, Well Said! opens, we talk to artist Gary Breeze about carving Shakespeare’s words into stone.
Writers, actors and poets have selected their favourite quotes to be transformed into artworks for our Well Said! Exhibition.
Gary Breeze described the process of making his Well Said! commission – a stone sphere carved with the quote: 'O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams' (Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2).
Gary is a lettercutter who works mainly in stone and wood. His commissions include work for the New Scottish Parliament, Westminster Abbey and The V&A, a 50p commemorating the Battle of Britain and the lettering and carving to the tomb of Richard III.
He said: “I didn’t want the sphere to be too big because the text makes reference to Hamlet being bounded in a nutshell so I wanted it to be quite intimate. The material and inscription fit well with the gravitas of the quotation."
Well Said! is in the PACCAR Room (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2nd floor), until 18 September 2016. Entry is free. Find out more about Well Said! and the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition.