Sculpture in the City 2019
Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme set amongst iconic architectural landmarks, opened Thursday 27 June 2019, celebrating its ninth edition. 19 artworks make up this year’s outdoor sculpture park in the Square Mile, to include a new artwork by Jonathan Trayte to be unveiled in Autumn 2019.
The exhibition includes works from internationally renowned artists including Nathan Coley, Jennifer Steinkamp, Nina Saunders and Lawrence Weiner. The artworks are displayed next to some of the City’s most famous buildings, including 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin), The Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater), as well as new public spaces that have opened this year, including 70 St Mary Axe and Aldgate Square.
For Sculpture in the City’s ninth edition, the artworks are spread across the Sculpture in the City area (a triangle defined by Bishopsgate, Fenchurch Street and Bevis Marks), and range greatly in form, scale and medium. This year’s edition also sees works from the 8th edition remain on show including Do Ho Suh’s Bridging Home, London (2018) a co-commission by Art Night and Sculpture in the City, Nancy Rubins’ Crocodylius Philodendrus (2016-17), Clare Jarrett’s Sari Garden (2018), Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s Climb (2011) and Shaun C Badham’s I’M STAYING (2014).
Sculpture in the City has built a rapport with many who live and work in, as well as visit the City of London. Over the past nine years, Sculpture in the City has gained attention for bringing both established international artists and rising stars to the wider public’s attention. With works juxtaposed against the tall buildings in the Square Mile, this open- air exhibition not only enriches the workday experience of City workers but draws cultural visitors into this most ancient part of the city.
Graham Packham, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, says “Sculpture in the City is hugely popular with workers, residents and visitors, who enjoy engaging with, and being challenged by, work created by world-class artists. The strong and trusted partnership forged between the City of London Corporation, the art world, and local businesses is key to its continuing success. The City Corporation’s support for Sculpture in the City underlines our commitment to promoting the arts and culture in this unique and historic area of London.” *
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