Nigel’s recent commission for Puma took him to Barcelona for the Mantra project with their ambassador Lewis Hamilton.
Nigel was airlifted by helicopter to the village of Corbera d’Ebre to reach the church that is reborn, Esglèsia de Sant Pere.
Esglèsia de Sant Pere sits atop the horrific sight of a village caught in the Spanish civil war. The town was completely destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro (25 July–16 November 1938) and although the lower part of the town was rebuilt by the Spanish, the Catalan side was left in ruins. This side has only recently been rebuilt, and the church of Esglèsia de Sant Pere was refurbished with its original walls maintained. The new glass roof allows light in from the heavens to illuminate the building’s history.
The location was selected for it’s mix of worn surfaces with pure light and dense shadows, built on a gritty aesthetic that devotes itself to a spiritual training session, one of the body and mind.
Lewis works hard to achieve perfection but his inherent spirituality and own personal Mantra, as shown by his tattoos ‘Still I Rise’ & ‘Powerful Beyond Measure’. These encapsulate how his talent is not solely down to his rigorous training and natural gift but also from a higher power.