Matter in Grey - CODAworx

Matter in Grey

Client: University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

David Wright and Grace Thorne

Commission Projects


John Bailey

R H Partnership


Jacob van der Beugel

Jacob van der Beugel


Made from concrete, self-healing concrete, mixed aggregate and handmade ceramic elements. The work which adjoins the main entrance is a 10-metre long, 2.5-metre high series of 240 highly detailed, handmade, self-healing concrete aggregate panels that depict the progression of neurodegenerative illness.


August 2018 saw the completion of a major art commission for the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry. The commission is for the façade of the new Chemistry of Health building which will house researchers working to understand and combat disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Developed in consultation with scientists who will work in the building and RH Partnership Architects it creates a dynamic and poignant focus to the façade of the building and relates to its important research role. This project would not have been possible without the generous help of Henk Jonkers of TU Delft.

Additional Information

‘These beautiful and corporeal concrete panels are architectural on one hand and flesh-like on the other. The overall impression of the artwork is that of an abstracted tissue bank containing all the endeavours past, present and future of the building.’ Jacob van der Beugel