Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme set amongst iconic architectural landmarks, has announced the initial 17 artworks which will make up this year’s outdoor sculpture park in the Square Mile, with more artists to be revealed soon.
Launching on 27 June, the exhibition will include works from internationally renowned artists including Nathan Coley, Elisa Artesero, Nina Saunders and Lawrence Weiner. The artworks will be 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 opening this year, including 70 St Mary Axe and Aldgate Square.
For Sculpture in the City’s ninth edition, the artworks are spread across the Square Mile, and range greatly in form, scale and medium. This year’s edition will also see works from the 8th edition that will 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 Jarret’s Sari Garden (2018), and Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s Climb (2011).
Further to the main programme, Sculpture in the City will once again be the associate programme partner with the Whitechapel Gallery for the second edition of Nocturnal Creatures, taking place on Saturday 20 July. Nocturnal Creatures is a one-off event that brings together installations, artist performances, music, film and culinary experiences in the heart of the East End for a late-night contemporary arts festival. For this year’s edition, Sculpture in the City will host Guillaume Vandame’s Notice Me (LGBTQIA+ Walk) and Graeme Miller’s On Air (2012) both social sculptures as well as a series of events led by Sculpture in the City artists.
Participating artists for Sculpture in the City 2019 are: Salvatore Arancio, Reza Aramesh, Elisa Artesero, Shaun C Badham, Jyll Bradley, Nathan Coley, Marisa Ferreira, Leo Fitzmaurice, Kevin Francis Gray, Clare Jarrett, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Michael Lyons, Nancy Rubins, Nina Saunders, Do Ho Suh, Patrick Tuttofuoco and Lawrence Weiner.
This year’s edition will be dedicated to Michael Lyons (1943-2019), who was also one of the participating artists in the 6th edition of Sculpture in the City.
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.
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IMAGE: Salvatore Arancio, It Was Only a Matter of Time Before We Found the Pyramid and Forced it Open, (2017), courtesy of the artist and Federica Schiavo Gallery, photography by Andrea Rossetti