Sculpture in the City 2016 lands in London and brings public art to the centre of the city

Sculpture in the city, the free annual art event which places sculpture in spots around the city of London has once again returned.

With a variety of art on display, there are 19 spots where artists from around the World have placed their works.  From Bishopsgate, inside Leadenhall Market and around the Gherkin the sculptures are dotted around in a trail for the public to follow.  All in all it takes a few hours but it’s a great way to see this historic and dynamic part of London.

As with all ‘modern’ works the art will hold different meanings for different people.  For me, the standout works being the fire walker on Bishopsgate and ‘Laura’ by Jaume Plensa, a giant elongated head by the Gherkin.  All have accompanying information plaques so you can read all about them.

Now in it’s sixth year, Sculpture in the City is a great way to explore and to get lost in some of the nooks and cranny’s of the city.  There are 16 artworks in total covering a total of 19 locations, so look hard and see if you can spot them all.

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‘Ajar’ by Gavin Turk (2011) in the grounds of St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate

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‘Fire Walker’ (2009) by William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx on the corner of Bishopsgate and London Wall

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‘Sunrise’ (2005) by Ugo Rondinone

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‘Cadenetas’ (2016) by Lili Sanchez in Leadenhall Market, Bishopsgate and by St. Helen’s church

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‘Falling into virtual reality’ (2016) by the Recycle Group in Leadenhall Market

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‘Axis Mundi’ by Jurgen Partenheimer (1997/2014)

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‘The Orientalist’ (2007) by Huma Bhabha

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‘Aurora’ (2000/2003) by Anthony Cane

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‘Camelopardalis’ (2015) by Michael Lyons

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‘Centaurus’ (2015) by Michael Lyons

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‘Of Saints and Sailors’ (2016) by Benedetto Pietromarchi

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‘Laura’ (2013) by Jaume Plensa

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‘Magic Lantern Small’ (2010) by Mat Collinshaw

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‘Idee di Pietra – 1373 kg di luce’ (2010) by Giuseppe Penone

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‘Florian’ & ‘ Kevin’ (2013) by Sarah Lucas

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‘Untitled’ (2015) by Enrico David

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‘Broken Pillar #12’ (2015) by Shan Hur

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