Art is a big part of London's life and culture. The city is simply filled with museums and galleries, and has always been a haven for creative and artistic people, attracting and inspiring some of the world's greatest, painters, poets, playwrights, and sculptors over the years.
Many people who visit London won’t feel like their visit is truly complete without visiting key locations like the National Gallery or exploring the city streets in search of public art monuments, memorials, statues, and more.
Each and every year, various art events are held throughout the British capital to shine the spotlight on some of the world’s up and coming artists, as well as established international and local talents. One of the best and most interesting art events in the city is Sculpture in the City.
All About Sculpture in the City - Public Art Event in London
Sculpture in the City is an annual event, held each summer in the City of London. Working together with local businesses and artists from around the world, the City unveils a host of new artworks from emerging and established artists in a public sculpture park.
So far, Sculpture in the City has helped to bring more than 100 different artworks to the city, with more and more being unveiled with each passing year. 2019 sees the 9th edition of this exciting London art event.
- Location - Sculpture in the Cityoccurs all around the City of London, with various sculptures adding new life and excitement to the streets and spaces all around the Square Mile like Mitre Square, St Botolphs without Bishopsgate Churchyard, Undershaft, and St Mary Axe.
- Getting There - You have a few different options to choose from when visiting the Sculpture in the City event. The closest underground stations are Liverpool Street, Bank, Monument and Aldgate, but the closest station to the sculptures you want to see may vary. There are also several buses, including the 25, 35, 40, 47, and 48 passing through the area, as well as the Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street train stations serving the Square Mile.
- Admission - Sculpture in the City is a totally free and public event. The sculptures are all situated in open, public spaces, so you can see them at any time of day, seven days a week, and the event will run through from June 2019 until April of 2020, so you have a lot of chances to see the works.
For the 9th edition of Sculpture in the City, 21 sculptures have been erected all around the City of London. Examples include:
- Botanic by Jennifer Steinkamp, which is located at 120 Fenchurch Stand inspired by the garden plans of the Stanford Wildflower Seeding Project. It features a digital display of flowers, animated in a way that shows them being blown apart into nothing but sticks and seeds, before reforming once again.
- Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) by Jyll Bradley, which is located at Aldgate Square. Playing with light, reflection, refraction, and shadow, this piece was commissioned by Turner Contemporary and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and is made from repurposed timber from Chatham Naval Dockyard and plexiglass, casting colored light onto the nearby wall and pavement.
- Reclining Nude I by Kevin Francis Gray, which can be found at St Botolphs without Bishopsgate Churchyard. A fascinating sculpture, Reclining Nude I shows Gray's shift away from classicism into something more abstract as he toys with the materiality of marble to offer a fresh twist on the classic nude form.
- Site of the Fall – study of the renaissance garden: Action 180: At 9:15 am Sunday 28 May 1967 by Reza Aramesh, which is located at Bury Court. Part of a series of a dozen sculptures focused on the Vietnam War, this piece is made from hand carved Carrara marble and made through rendering based on live subjects.
- I’M STAYING by Shaun C. Badham, which is located in Leadenhall Market. A simple yet powerful neon-style sculptue, I'M STAYING was commissioned back in 2014 and featured extensively around Bristol, with the public actually voting on where it appeared next.
- Crocodylius Philodendrus by Nancy Rubins, which can be found at 1 Undershaft. Definitely one of the biggest and most impressive pieces of the lot, sure to turn heads and catch the eye of any passer-by, Crocodylius Philodendrus is part of Rubins' Diversifolia series and is comprised of a variety of animal forms all bursting out of a central core. website