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Great London Sculptures: The Broad Family by Xavier Corberó in Broadgate

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The Broad Family is a series of sculptures on a massive scale but is a family portrait of two parents with a child and even a dog with a ball. Although the family is created in an abstract form, if you look closer, two highly polished shoes can be seen peeking from under the child’s figure. This surreal aspect shows the artist ability to use materials and space and offers the odd surprise.

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Xavier Corberó was a Catalan sculptor, best known for his public sculpture and was also the designer of the 1992 Summer Olympics medals.

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Corberó was born in 1935 in Barcelona and studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London in the 1950s. In the 1960s, the artist acquired an house and plot of land in Esplugues de Llobregat, a village in the outskirts of Barcelona, and developed a complex for artists and exhibition spaces. The complex also houses a significant sample of Corberó’s sculptures and personal collections.

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Corberó had his first individual exhibition in Munich in 1963 and had exhibitions in New York City, Japan, and many European cities. His large sculptures can be seen in Barcelona, London, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Beirut, Kuwait City, Chicago, and New York City.

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London Sculptures : Sherlock Holmes by John Doubleday in Baker Street

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One of London’s  most famous fictional characters is Sherlock Holmes created by Arthur Conan Doyle, despite his fame, there was no statue to the great detective in London until 1999. A statue was previously suggested by a number of writers including G. K. Chesterton but these suggestions came to nothing.

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A campaign for a statue gained momentum in the late 1990s with Abbey National offering to fund the statue because of their connection with Holmes. Abbey National had their headquarters at 215-229 Baker Street and they employed a member of staff to respond to any letters addressed to Holmes at 221B.

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The sculptor, John Doubleday who was commissioned for the project had already produced a statue of Holmes for the town of Meiringen in Switzerland, below the Reichenbach Falls whence the detective fell to his apparent death in the story “The Final Problem”.

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The 3-metre-high (9.8 ft) statue entitled The Great Detective depicts Holmes wearing his deerstalker hat and holding a pipe in a traditional pose made famous by Sidney Paget, the illustrator of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories for The Strand Magazine.

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The statue which was unveiled in 1999 is located outside Baker Street Station and has became a popular attraction for Sherlock Holmes fans from all over the world.

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Great London Sculptures: The Broadgate Venus by Fernando Botero


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Broadgate Venus is a five tonnes sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero located in Exchange Square near to Liverpool Street Station. The ‘Venus’ was specially commissioned in 1989 and is a ‘favourite’ amongst the city workers and locals.

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The Venus is an example of “Boterismo”, a style developed by Colombian artist Fernando Botero which depicts people and figures in large exaggerated form for political or humorous effect.

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Botero was born in Medellín was once enrolled in matador school before his artistic talent was recognised.

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Botero’s work was first exhibited in 1948 in Colombia before he travelled to Barcelona and Madrid. where he studied at the Academia de San Fernando. In the 1950s, Botero moved to Paris and Florence to study before making Paris his permanent home although he makes regular trips to his native city of Medellin.

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Botero is considered one of the leading artists in Latin America and his art is found in many major cities around the world. His art is collected by many major international museums, corporations, and private collectors.

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Great London Sculptures: Kindertransport – The Arrival by Frank Meisler at Liverpool Street Station

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Kindertransport – The Arrival is a bronze memorial sculpture by Frank Meisler which is located in the entrance to Liverpool Street station in London. The sculpture commemorates the 10,000 Jewish children who escaped Nazi persecution and arrived at the station during 1938–1939. The memorial was installed in 2006 and was commissioned by World Jewish Relief and the Association of Jewish Refugees.

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The Kindertransport was a rescue effort that took place just before the outbreak of the Second World War. It was estimated that the United Kingdom took in around 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland. The children were placed in a variety of foster homes, hostels and schools. This action saved the life of the children because they were often the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.

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Frank Meisler who created the sculpture had a personal experience of Kindertransport, Frank Meisler was born into a Jewish family in Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), he was evacuated by the Kindertransport in 1939, travelling with other Jewish children via Berlin to the Netherlands and then to Liverpool Street station in London. His parents were arrested after his departure and were later murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Meisler was raised by a grandmother, who lived in London and did national service in the Royal Air Force before studying architecture at the University of Manchester.

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He moved to Israel in 1960 and has created a number of Kindertransport memorials all around Europe and sculptures in Israel and Russia.

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London Sculptures: The Meeting Place by Paul Day at St Pancras Railway Station

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The Meeting Place is a 9-metre-high (30 ft), 20-tonne bronze sculpture stands on the upper level of St Pancras railway station near the Eurostar terminal.

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The sculpture was designed by the British artist Paul Day and unveiled in 2007 and was commissioned to be the centrepiece of the newly refurbished station.

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The sculpture of a couple locked in a embrace is intended to illustrate the romance of travel. Around the bronze relief frieze around the plinth is several scenes depicting various passengers undertaking travel.

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The sculpture received a poor reception from art critics but has been become popular with the public. It has led to the reputation of St Pancras station being a romantic meeting place.

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The sculpture was commissioned by London & Continental Railways and offers an unusual experience by taking different views from different vantage points in the station.

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London Statues: Fearless Girl in Paternoster Square

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Fearless Girl by Kristen Visbal was made famous for being sited in 2017 near the Wall Street’s bull in New York. The statue was a hit with tourists and the internet.

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A copy of the statue of was installed in March in the City of London’s financial district to highlight the importance of female leaders in business.

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Situated near St Paul’s, Fearless Girl seems a little lonely with only Elizabeth Frink’s sheep statue for company.

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The statue is expected to remain in Paternoster Square until the end of June.

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London Sculptures: The Young Lovers by Georg Ehrlich in the Festival Gardens in London


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The Two Lovers statue by Georg Ehrlich features a young man and woman joined in an embrace in Festival Gardens with a dramatic backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral. It was installed in the garden in 1973.

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Georg Ehrlich was a Austrian sculptor who was born and studied in Vienna, during the First World War he served in the Austrian Army. After short stays in Munich and Berlin. he began to get some recognition for his etchings and lithographs. But returned to Vienna in 1924, and began to concentrate on building a career as a sculptor.

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In 1930 he married the artist Bettina Bauer. After the rise of the Nazi’s, Ehrlich decided that it was too dangerous for them to be in Austria and they moved to London. Ehrlich became a British citizen in 1947 and was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1962.

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Ehrlich’s work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1958 and he won a gold medal at the Paris World Exposition in 1937.

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The artist has works in the Tate Gallery, British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. He died in Switzerland in 1966 and was buried in Vienna.

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