Since the Etruscan tombs, even before appearing as a structural element in the history of architecture, the arch derived its figure from the Phallus. Inspired by the Egyptian god of fertility, the series of seven Min sculptures exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum investigate the origin of the sacred.
The transition from the circle to the square has always been a fundamental theme of architecture. Min resolves the passage from the parallelepiped to the sphere through the intersection of the two solids, identifying a monolith with arched sides and hemispherical dome.
The formal result of Min is also reminiscent of the canopies of John Soane and the later Red Telephone Box, the London kiosks designed by Giles Gilbert Scott who, in turn, took inspiration from the Soane family tomb in Old St Pancras churchyard.