The City of London Corporation is installing up to seven works by internationally renowned artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Julian Opie, Thomas Houseago, Yayoi Kusama and Dan Graham, transforming Great St Helen’s in the City of London. Great St Helen’s: Sculpture Space will launch on 18th June, with works on show until January 2013.
In addition, a rich programme of events run by Open-City are planned that will inhabit and animate the public realm in and around Great St Helen’s, Undershaft and St Helen’s Square EC3. These will culminate in free family events on Saturday 23 June 2012 in Leadenhall Market and on Cheapside in the Cheapside Fayre. These events are open to all as part of Celebrate the City: four days in the Square Mile 21-24 June.
In its second year, Great St Helen’s: Sculpture Space aims to enhance its surroundings with cutting-edge contemporary sculpture from leading artists. This urban sculpture show is free for all, can be viewed at all times and enhances the experience of workers and visitors to The City.
Great St Helen’s: Sculpture Space is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation (the elected body which looks after the Square Mile global business district around St Paul’s), local businesses and the art world, providing the opportunity to engage new audiences with established and emerging contemporary artists.
London’s City Square Mile will present a curated show, in which one of the central concepts is the site-specific response by the artists, providing them with the opportunity to display their work to the broader public. Set amongst London’s iconic architectural landmarks, including The Gherkin by Norman Foster and the Lloyd’s building by Richard Rogers, the works will draw visitors into The City and encourage them to engage with bold and accessible art.
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