Hugo has been collaborating with musicians at the Royal College of Music. His aim is to convey, in physical form, the intangible experience of listening to music. For Harmonic, he made multiple drawings while a musician perfected a single note on a saxophone.
Created in collaboration with architect Stuart Piercy, for the entrance hall of Derwent London’s headquarters in Savile Row. Early on in the creative process, Dalton visited the quarry where the travertine marble for the building was being mined. He was inspired by the affinities between a stonemason honing marble and a musician refining a note of music. Both are processes of shaping and defining a pre-existing ideal form. Cast into the surface of the sculpture are channels created from drawings made at the quarry which describe the path of the saw through the marble. This journey from uneven surface to a perfect mirror finish represents the moment when a musician goes beyond the physical reality of performing and into pure experience.