The Humble Beginnings of a Based Upon Project for HSBC

A Grain of Rice stands in the lobby at the HSBC Group headquarters, a Foster + Partners tower in London’s Canary Wharf complex. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

Commissioned by the Cass Sculpture Foundation to commemorate the HSBC Group’s 150th anniversary, Based Upon began research for the bronze A Grain of Rice by using a magnifying glass to study a single grain. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

Ink sketches followed. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

The foundation accepted the proposal, which included an iteration of this ink drawing. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

The sculpture’s 16 pieces were sand-cast, then welded and polished at the Pangolin Editions foundry. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

Motifs etched into the bronze surface, with silicone-rubber molds, were inspired by materials from HSBC’s archives. Photography courtesy of Based Upon.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

Project: Science Hills Komatsu. Architect: Mari Ito/UAo. Location: Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan. Photography by Daici Ano.

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