CAP­I­TAL IDEAS Why Lon­don loves pub­lic sculp­ture

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Lon­don is brim­ming with cre­ativ­ity thanks to an in­flux of am­bi­tious pub­lic-art projects, from the ar­rival of Ma­rina Abramovic’s

au­dio work Tree in Bish­ops­gate to the in­stal­la­tion of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman (bet­ter known as Old Flo) in Ca­nary Wharf ’s Cabot Square. Lux­ury prop­erty de­vel­op­ments are also be­com­ing cen­tres for artis­tic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion: at Bal­ly­more’s Em­bassy Gar­dens in Nine Elms, the cu­ra­tor Nor­man Rosen­thal has in­tro­duced work by the lead­ing Bri­tish sculp­tors Sarah Lu­cas, Mo­hammed Qasim Ash­faq and Si­mon Fu­ji­wara, with the Ir­ish artist Guggi’s bronze Rice Bowl – an ev­ery­day ob­ject in­spired by his own hum­ble be­gin­nings – set to be un­veiled this month. fh


Left: Si­mon Fu­ji­wara’s ‘Mod­ern Mar­riage’ at Lon­don’s Em­bassy Gar­dens

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