Sir Norman Foster winery design makes the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
- Tuesday 21 July 2009
Foster’s model for Grupo Faustino’s Bodegas Portia winery in Ribera del Duero was selected from 10,000 entries to appear in the show, which runs until 16 August.
Situated in the architecture gallery, the two metres square model features an innovative trefoil design, landscaping and winery workers. Unlike most of the other works in the exhibition, it is not for sale.
Bodegas Portia, Grupo Faustino’s seventh winery, is set to open at the end of the year. Portia 2004, made from Tinta Fina del País, is already available in the UK along with premium label Portia Prima 2004.
Foster is best known for his landmark office buildings, including 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London (better known as The Gherkin), the Hearst Tower in New York City and the restored Reichstag in Berlin.
The Summer Exhibition – the world’s biggest open exhibition, features a range of new work by artists in all media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture.
Also featuring in this year’s lineup are a life-size silver statue of a man who has removed his own skin with scalpel and scissors titled St Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain by Damien Hirst, The Rose by American painter Cy Twombly and a model for a Canada Water library by architect Piers Gough.