Launched in 2010, Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture festival has been a tremendous success. Dozens of works of contemporary sculpture have been drawing crowds in the city’s public spaces. I’ve covered many of them here before.
The original idea was to “transform the city into an open air gallery, in the build up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Diamond Jubilee”. Given that the initiative has been so popular (and hasn’t cost Council Tax payers a penny) I do hope the programme continues long in the future .
But it has been difficult trying to keep up with the ever changing display, there has been no up to date source of news, no catalogue, not even a leaflet. Most of the time I have simply stumbled across the sculptures as each has been installed.
Thanks to Westminster City Council I have managed to put together a comprehensive list of all the works currently on show and provide links to relevant websites for more information.
My favourite work of the moment is Meekyoung Shin’s, Written in Soap: A Plinth Project which will be in Cavendish Square until July 2013.
My least favourite work, of the entire festival, is Jeff Lowe’s atrocious, Untitled in Berkeley Square which is mercifully being removed on the 10th September.
Here are all the other works you can visit, together with a link:
- Philp Jackson: Gale Force Nun Berkeley Square Installed in May
- Naomi Press: Solo II Cavendish Square
- Nic Fiddian Green: Horse at Water & Dashi Namdakov: Ghengis Khan both at Marble Arch, an application currently in for their retention until November
- Nic Fiddian Green: Fire Mount Street Gardens due for imminent removal
- Bruce Denny: Multiple Sculptures Soho Square
- David Breuer Weil: Emergence Hanover Square Installed in April for six months
- Aristides Patsoglou: Olympic Sculptures Paddington Street Gardens (North)Installed in July for six months
- Anatoly Novikov Yuri Gagarin Spring Gardens Moving to new location soon
- Judy Boyt Frog Sculptures Temple Underground Station Terrace
- Hamish Mackie – Stag Grosvenor Square (East corner)
- Hamish Mackie – Leopard Old Quebec Street
- William Turnball: Three Sculptures Park Lane (outside Hilton) Recently removed – going back post games
- Pablo Atchugarry: Two Sculptures St. James’s Square
Watch out for these coming soon:
- Jedd Novatt in Portman Square
- The late Franz West in Hanover Square
- Davis Breuer Weil in Leicester Square
- & works by Sean Henry and Ana Tsarev at locations yet to be confirmed.
Many thanks are due to Toby Cuthbertson of Westminster City Council for his great help in preparing this update.
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