Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor is a sculpture created by Scabetti (Dominic and Frances Bromley) that lives in the entrance to the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO’s) Headquarters in central London.

Depicting the landmasses and oceans of the world, this lighted installation is about 16′ 5″ tall and 6′ 7″ wide. Made out of 3,424 pieces of anchor-shaped fine bone china, it represents the shipping industry’s reach across land and water. The purity of the bone china also reflects the IMO’s international remit and mission statement: “Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans.”

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Courtesy of Scabetti

Initial sketch of the anchor detail, computer rendering, then the actual clay model used in creating the final bone china forms.

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Courtesy of Scabetti

Designing the cylindrical form of the world map with the aid of computer modeling.

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Photo: Fisher Hart

Dropping Anchor by Scabetti in main home furnishings art  Category
Installation. Photo: Courtesy of Scabetti