Thursday, July 3rd 2014
The City of London is preparing its annual Sculpture in the City event. Sculpture in the City 2014 is the fourth in the series and many of us have been looking forward to it. The artworks, 14 in number, are placed at strategic points around the City in settings where they will be seen to their advantage and people can interact with them.
The Corporation of the City of London has produced a map showing the locations of the artworks but as this is not obvious from the main page of their Sculpture in the City 2014 Web page, I link to it below.
There also exists a panel showing both locations and titles of the artworks and I reproduce this below. You might want to copy it onto your tablet computer or even your smartphone as a guide to your explorations of the sculptures. The image is not as sharp as I would wish but may serve its purpose. (If you’re using your smartphone you may need a magnifying glass!)
After work today, we decided to change buses in the City and to look at how work was progressing on the installation on the sculptures. Some have been in place for several weeks while others are still incomplete or hidden behind scaffolding or barriers. We followed a somewhat erratic path (which is probably the only way you can see the sculptures!) and photographed those of which we could get a clear view. We will come back later for another instalment.
The works below appear is the order in which we saw them, rather than in a numerical or other logical order. The panel does not describe the individual works (though each sculpture is accompanied by a descriptive panel) but you will find a page with a description of each of the artworks on the page About the Artwork and the Artists. I am not going to copy those descriptions, much less attempt to make a précis of each, so you will need to refer to that page if you want information on the individual sculptures.
As I have said before, sculpture is a three-dimensional art and sculptures are meant to be seen from different angels. Except for the first and last items, I give three pictures of each work. Even a collection of many photos of a work fails to capture its entire essence, so please visit the sculptures themselves if you can. If my pictures seem poor in comparison, then that is to be expected.
It may not be obvious at a casual glance (and is not mentioned in the descriptions) but in the right light one can make out the letters
on the front of the sculpture.
The Boxed Sized Die is little more than a plain black cube until a performance takes place. The members of death metal band Unfathomable Ruination are shut inside the box. The box is sound-proofed so little can be heard from outside. The musicians play until they run out of oxygen and the door is then opened. To get some idea of what a performance is like, visit “No more air guitar: Band are sealed in a box and play until their oxygen runs out” (Daily Mail).
We managed to see, and photograph, eight of the 14 works. All being well, we shall complete the set soon by capturing the remaining six.
For the remaining sculptures, please see Sculpture in the City 2014 (Part 2).