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Sculpture in the City to 1st May 2017



Now in its sixth year, the critically acclaimed Sculpture in the City returned to the Square Mile in June with contemporary works from internationally renowned artists.

With winter just around the corner, the seventeen artworks in 20 locations are mixing with other attractions in the city to offer plenty of interest for visitors. The artworks are often placed near iconic architectural landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater.

Find a full list of artworks below.

1. ‘Ajar’ | Gavin Turk | 2011

As a direct reference to the painting ‘La Victoire’ by Rene Magritte, ‘Ajar’ is a surreal gateway: a spiritual journey through the imagination, an interactive sculpture that children will enjoy as much as adults.

2. ‘Fire Walker’ | William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx | 2009

The original ‘Fire Walker’ is a fragmented, eleven-metre high ‘anti-monument’ created by William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx in response to a commission by the City of Johannesburg in 2010.


3. ‘Cadenetas’ | Lizi Sánchez | 2016

Lizi Sánchez’s practice reflects on the emergence of modernist abstraction, combining this with references to confectionary brands, party paper chains, and articles of mass consumption.

4. ‘SUNRISE. east. July’ / ‘SUNRISE. east. October’ | Ugo Rondinone | 2005

Ugo Rondinone’s series of twelve giant masks – each named for a month of the year – are at once monolithic and ghostlike, their massive bronze forms offset by a shimmering silver patina. Set on top of concrete plinths, the globular, elongated heads express distinct moods – variously smiling, menacing and doleful – and pick up on Rondinone’s recurring motif, the mask.

5. ‘Cadenetas’ | Lizi Sánchez | 2016

See above (#3)

6. ‘Falling into virtual reality’ | Recycle Group | 2016

Recycle Group reflects on what our time will leave behind for future generations, what artefacts archaeologists will find after we are gone, and whether these artefacts will find their place in the cultural layer.

7. ‘Axis Mundi’ | Jürgen Partenheimer | 1997/2014

The colour of the bronze cubes of ‘Axis Mundi’ is predominantly ultramarine blue, divided into three translucent chromatic shades, which create an ascending, changing rhythm on all sides of the sculpture.

8. ‘The Orientalist’ | Huma Bhabha | 2007

Huma Bhabha’s ‘The Orientalist’ is cast in bronze, reminiscent in its authority of a king or deity. Traditional and futuristic, Bhabha’s regal figure is an impressive vision from a fictional history. The title of the work conveys ideas of exoticism, which contributes to this imagined narrative.

9. ‘Aurora’ | Anthony Caro | 2000/2003

‘Aurora’ was made using a tank which was originally a floating buoy used as an anchoring point for ships in the ocean – it came from a naval salvage dealer In Portsmouth. 

10. ‘Cadenetas’ | Lizi Sánchez | 2016

See above (#3)

11.  ‘Centaurus’/’Camelopardalis’ | Michael Lyons | 2015

The sculptures exhibited are part of an ongoing series based on the stars and constellations called ‘The Star Series’. Found and fabricated parts are transformed into new configurations. They are not ‘illustrations’ but draw on mythology, astronomy and astrology across many ages and traditions.


12. ‘Of Saints and Sailors’ | Benedetto Pietromarchi | 2016

‘Of Saints and Sailors’ originated from a transatlantic journey on a cargo ship carrying wood pulp from Uruguay to the Netherlands, where the artist joined a fraternity of 19 Filipino men who lived at sea. Through intimate daily sittings, Pietromarchi modelled busts of the sailors in clay.

13. ‘Untitled’ | Enrico David | 2015 (no longer on display)

Enrico David’s “Untitled” is an unsettling example the artist’s unique anthropomorphic surrealism. Cast in bronze, the work depicts a smooth, expressive skull atop an unrefined stalk of a body.

14. ‘Magic Lantern Small’ | Mat Collishaw | 2010

During the Winter of 2010 the cupola of the Victoria and Albert Museum hosted a specially commissioned light installation by British artist, Mat Collishaw. A grand scale zoetrope visible from the street below, created the effect of moths fluttering within the dome around an oversized lantern


15. ‘Laura’ | Jaume Plensa | 2013

‘Laura’ is part of Jaume Plensa’s on-going series of portraits. Each sculpture is drawn from a particular model of a young girl, whose image is then elaborated into a more universal symbol for dreaming and aspiring. Part of the technical process involves photography. The essence of the photograph – a moment caught in time – belies the architectural volume of the final form. 


16. ‘Idee di pietra – 1373 Kg di luce’ | Giuseppe Penone | 2010

Over nine metres tall, Giuseppe Penone’s sculpture presents a bronze deciduous tree bearing the fruit of five river stones, nestled within its branches. The bronze encapsulates the memory of the tree, memorialising and extending its life as it appears to rise out of the ground, undeterred by the weight of the boulders. Both the tree on which the sculpture is based and the river stones are local to the artist’s studio in Northern Italy.

17. ‘Solar|Relay’ | Petroc Sesti | 2016 (second screening will take place 17 and 18 September)

The piece displays Petroc Sesti’s ongoing research into creating contained environments for the chaotic expression of raw energy. The Sun initially featured in his work in a previous collaboration with NASA in 2001 using footage from their ‘SOHO’ space probe for the creation of Suspended Animation.


18. ‘Florian’ / ‘Kevin’ | Sarah Lucas | 2013

Sarah Lucas’s bronze sculptures Florian and Kevin depict giant marrows, and are among the largest in a long line of bronze casts by the artist. The marrow functions as a symbol of growth, fecundity and the English pastoral tradition – evoking Harvest Festival cornucopias and country fair competitions.

19. ‘Cadenetas’ | Lizi Sánchez | 2016

See above (#3)


20. ‘Broken Pillar #12’ | Shan Hur | 2015

Site-specific installation Broken Pillar #12, is part of a body of work developed over the last five years, by Shan Hur. As part of the artist’s practice, Hur incorporates found objects, usually relevant to its location within these structures, encouraging the viewer to question the world around them and the objects hidden within it.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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