City of London’s Sculpture in The City

6th Edition to site 15 works in and around architectural landmarks from the Gherkin to the Cheesegrater

Sarah Lucas Kevin 2013 Bronze 150 x 460 x 135 cm © Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sotheby’s and Sadie Coles HQ, London


The City of London’s annual public art programme, Sculpture in the City, places contemporary art works in unexpected locations, providing a visual juxtaposition to the capital’s insurance district. Large-scale pieces will include works by Sarah Lucas, William Kentridge & Gerhard Marx, Sir Anthony Caro, Enrico David, Jaume Plensa and Giuseppe Penone

This year’s edition, the largest to date, will showcase 15 works ranging considerably in scale. A seven-metre high, cast-iron head, by Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa will peer over visitors to the Gherkin, while a series of delicate and playful lead paper chain sculptures by Peruvian artist, Lizi Sánchez, will invite the attention of the more observant passer-by in multiple locations including Leadenhall Market, Bishopsgate and in and around the Cheesegrater.

The critically acclaimed, open-air exhibition, has built a rapport with many who live, work and visit the area. Sculpture in the City is known for bringing together both established international artists and rising stars.

During the month of June, works will begin to appear around the unique architectural mix of London’s City district. A visually arresting William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx sculpture of a Johannesburg street seller will gaze down Bishopsgate, while visitors to St. Botolph’s Church cemetery and garden will be able to see Gavin Turk’s Ajar – a painted bronze door in a door frame.

The instantly recognisable forms of a bright red, six tonne Anthony Caro sculpture, will reflect the geometric shapes of the iconic Lloyds building opposite, while a spinning zoetrope – the earliest form of moving image – by Mat Collishaw summons phantom moths to a magic lantern.

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