Sculpture in the City 2014 (Part 1)

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.

Boundary Map of the City of London
Boundary Map of the City of London
Click to see a zoomable version

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!)

Sculpture in the City 2014
Sculpture in the City 2014
Locations and titles of the artworks

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.

(3) Deadly Nightshade
(3) Deadly Nightshade
Julian Wild (2012)

(4) Flow; Edge; Flux; Within; Fall
(4) Flow; Edge; Flux; Within; Fall (4) Flow; Edge; Flux; Within; Fall
(4) Flow; Edge; Flux; Within; Fall
Paul Hosking (2012-3)

(5) Salvia
(5) Salvia (5) Salvia
(5) Salvia
Julian Wild (2012)

(9) High Wind IV
(9) High Wind IV (9) High Wind IV
(9) High Wind IV
Lynn Chadwick (1995)

(2) Stairs
(2) Stairs (2) Stairs
(2) Stairs
Lynn Chadwick

(1) Secret Affair (Silver)
(1) Secret Affair (Silver) (1) Secret Affair (Silver)
(1) Secret Affair (Silver)
Jim Lambie (2007)

(8) Work Scaffolding Sculpture
(8) Work Scaffolding Sculpture (8) Work Scaffolding Sculpture
(8) Work Scaffolding Sculpture
Ben Long (2013)

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.

(7) Box Sized Die
(7) Box Sized Die featuring Unfathomable Ruination
João Onofre (2007-2014)
Performance times: 3 July at 6 & 7pm, 4 July-1 August 2014 at 6pm Wed-Fri

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).

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I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to Sculpture in the City 2014 (Part 1)

  1. WOL says:

    I’m with you. I don’t get the names either. Still some of these are nice pieces. As for the death metal band being locked in the cube, some of their music sounds like maybe they’ve suffering brain damage due to oxygen deprivation. It took me a minute, but I spotted the WORK in that one sculpture. Interesting that you picked up on it, but not surprising. We do have large parts of our brains devoted to pattern recognition, and you must have seen it at just the right angle. I would say it’s harder to see from a picture than it would be in real life where you had control over your viewing angle. That sculpture, at least, engages the brain in an interesting way. I like “Salvia” — although the only connection I can draw is that the plant “salvia” has a purple flower. It’s a nice color purple, though.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Modern art, it seems, has taken a path where the work is meaningful to the artist without necessarily being meaningful to the viewer. To me, that is a lazy and rather sterile approach because I think that art, if it is to have meaning, must communicate. To my mind, therefore, if the “meaning” has to be explained by a written text, then the work has failed to achieve its goal.

      Having said that, I find some works attractive and “interesting” despite their not communicating the “meaning” claimed by the artist.

      I see a parallel between modern art and modern architecture in that both seek to be “different” and “imaginative” whether or not the result justifies the design. (It clearly often doesn’t in both fields.)

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