Brian Catling installing his Execution Site Memorial at the Tower of London, 2006. © Historic Royal Palaces

Esoteric Practices: A Conversation with Brian Catling

Brian Catling (b.1948) is Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford and Head of Sculpture at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. He recently won the commission to create a permanent memorial for the Tower of London Site of Execution, which was unveiled in September 2006. The tower has been part of British history for 1,000 years: the last State execution within its walls occurred as recently as 1941; seven people were beheaded there in the 15th and 16th centuries, including Queen Anne Boleyn; Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury; Queen Catherine Howard; and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.