|Galleries aside, London grows ever more artistically interesting. Here's my choice of sculptural works - some permanent, some temporary - you can see in public places this summer. |
Dale Chihuly: The Sun, 2014 at Berkeley Square
The latest international venue for this Dale Chihuly spectacular is Berkeley Square, till the end of the year. It consists of 1,573 hand-blown glass elements from the glass master's studio in Seattle, where for 35 years now he has directed others rather than blowing the glass himself (Chihuly was blinded in one eye by glass in 1976 - not in the studio, but when thrown through a car windshield). The Sun works well both by day, when the effect is of an impossibly exotic tree, and when illuminated each night.
Gavin Turk: Nail, 2011 at One New Change, St Paul's
What god-sized object used to be pierced by this 12 metre bronze, treated to take on a stable look of rust on an equally blown up - and so unnatural - scale? Whatever it was, the nail seems stranded between the resonance it would have in the nearby St Paul's Cathedral and the role it didn't play in building the new shopping centre outside which it stands. Gavin Turk's comic riff on Claes Oldenberg certainly puts bollards in their place.
Oliver Marsden: Dub, 2010 at 10 Rochester Row, Westminster
Oliver Marsden is best-known for meditative paintings which explore the intersection of intense colour with the mystical power of circular formations to produce what he calls 'a state of resonance' - as if sound waves were caught in a liquid speaker. I was surprised to hear that he'd applied the approach to the façade of a building, but the 'luxury living' of 55 apartments and penthouses at Ten Rochester Row hums with satisfying subtlety.
Mark Titchner: Love Flags, 2014 on the South Bank
Tobias Rehberger: Dazzle Ship, 2014 at Victoria Embankment
Shin Meekyoung: Plinth Project (2012). Cavendish Square, 24 July 2014
Clem Crosby: 180 Monochrome Paintings, 2004-06 at the Young Vic, The Cut - Southwark
Wendy Taylor: Spirit of Enterprise, 1987 at Heron's Quay
James Hopkins: Angled Ball, 2011 near Wembley Stadium