Sculpture in the City returns for its eighth year with 18 artists exhibiting work in the City of London. This year, the event features work from artists like Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic, Sean Scully, David Annesley and Sarah Lucas.
Many of the sculptures are located alongside some of the City of London’s most iconic buildings which offers interesting perpectives between sculpture and background.
Some of our favourites include:
Untitled David Annesley
‘Untitled’ (1969) is a mandala-like form, which satisfyingly contains smaller shapes within itself in perfect equilibrium.
UNIVRS – Michail Pirgelis
Michail Pirgelis works exclusively with authentic aviation materials, which he selects from aircraft scrapyards in the American desert.
Perceval – Sarah Lucas
Sarah Lucas’ sculpture Perceval – a life-size bronze horse and cart – presents a large-scale replica of a traditional china ornament, of the kind that took pride of place on many British mantelpieces forty years ago.
Stack Blues – Sean Scully RA
Part of Sean Scully’s Landline series of works, Stack Blues is a sculpture borne out of the artist’s preoccupation with the horizon.
Numen (Shifting Votive One & Two) – Thomas J Price
In the “Numen” series Price continues his exploration of a new mythology in which the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian traditions of monumental sculpture are deployed in the depiction of the twenty-first century social subject.
Opening the Air – Jyll Bradley
Opening the Air is a three-dimensional drawing made up of a geometric field of fluorescent Plexiglas discs or ‘coins’. The coins bear intricate etchings derived from plans of early eighteenth-century glasshouse design.
Body – Jean-Luc Moulène
Body pays tribute to the automobile as sculpture within the urban landscape.
Crocodylius Philodendrus – Nancy Rubins
As part of her series Diversifolia– which in the scientific names of plants indicates a single species possessed with a considerable variety of leaf, Crocodylius Philodendrus employs clusters of bouquet like arrangements comprised out of a variety of animal forms that explode into space in all directions.
We visited the sculptures at the weekend when the Square Mile is relatively deserted and on a weekday when the area is very busy. It is remarkable how the presence of people make a great difference in perspectives and ideas of scale.
All the sculptures offer an interesting take on the urban landscape setting. Sculpture in the City, now in its eighth year is unusual that it places contemporary works from leading artists into an area that is an intriguing mix of old and modern.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
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