The Great Gilded Retriever

Roding Projects, Cambridgeshire, 2012


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The Great Gilded Retriever 

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  • The Great Gilded Retriever    
  • The completed structure looking out across the festival site    
  • The Great Gilded Retriever    
  • Craning the head into position    
  • Roding Projects team    
  • The Great Gilded Retriever    
  • Assembling the structure on site    
  • The Great Gilded Retriever    
  • The Great Gilded Retriever: Assembly Drawing    
  • Assembly Drawing : Bottom Ring    
  • Assembly Drawing : Middle Ring    
  • Assembly Drawing : Top Ring    
  • Assembly Drawing : Head     

Temporary installation for the Secret Garden Party Festival

Festival goers were invited to pay homage to (wo)man’s best friend, the 9.5m tall canine temple. Responding to the festival’s theme of ‘Standing on Ceremony', the architect created the temporary timber structure inspired by giant statues of deities from around the globe.

The dog-like form was devised so that the structure could be prefabricated and dismantled precisely. Over 60 triangular timber panels were cut, then gilded in a workshop in Hackney before they were shipped to the grounds of Abbot’s Ripton Estate where the dog was assembled.

The towering silhoutte watched over its surroundings, part monumnet, part pet, part folly, part signpost for navigating the site. The golden trinagulaed structure was caught gleaming in the sunlight, whilst inside, a periscope allowed visitors to contemplate a long view into the distance across the festival site.


  • Begun: May 2012
  • Completed: Jul 2012
  • Floor area: 25m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £5,000
  • Funding: SGP
  • Tender date: Jan 2012
  • Procurement: Design & Build
  • Address: Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH, United Kingdom

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