Sculpture in the City, the City of London’s annual public art programme set amongst iconic architectural landmarks, has announced the 16 art works that will make up this year’s outdoor sculpture park in the Square Mile. The initiative, which is a collaboration between the City of London Corporation and City businesses, will launch on 27 June. The outdoor exhibition will include works from internationally renowned artists including Paul McCarthy, Ryan Gander and Martin Creed.
For the first time Lloyd’s will be participating in the programme with an installation called 'support for a cloud' by Mhairi Vari which will be displayed on the Lloyd’s building by Tower 1 and Tower 3. The sculpture is being installed on 18 June 2017. Details about the artist and installation can be seen below.
Sculpture in the City also creates opportunities for young people to engage with the artworks through a complementary education programme, run by Open City. Working with artists, architects and partner company volunteers, 220 students from nine local schools will complete a total of 36 workshops this summer that explore these public spaces and neighbouring buildings (before and after the sculptures are installed), and creatively respond to the public spaces, architecture and sculpture. Following the school workshops the public are invited to join Sculpture in the City at two free community events during the Archikids Family Festival on 22 July, and the Open House London Weekend on 16 September.
Support for a cloud, by Mhairi Vari
Support for a cloud is a two-piece work consisting of bubbles of material formed from thousands of small loops of waterproof repair tape.
Mhairi Vari was born in Scotland and is based in London. Her practice routinely reanimates discarded possessions and outdated industrial technologies to create conceptually rigorous works that confront the boundary between sculpture and installation.
According to the artist, 'support for a cloud' is intended to inhabit the urban environment with its alien, nest-like structures that play on synthetic/organic forms. The visibly complex surface of these cocoon-like structures is generated by loops of agglomerated tape. The surface is alluring, even seductive and gently catches both daylight and artificial light, which animate the work further.
Support for a cloud is constructed from heavy duty polythene tape designed to repair tears to polytunnels and fix breakages in greenhouses. The tape is tough, waterproof, windproof and designed for external use. The internal armature is formed from an outdoor television aerial, which is also designed to withstand all weathers. Each work is light and weighs well under 2kg.
Find out more about the Sculpture in the City Programme on the City of London website
Read the Sculpture in the City Programme Factsheet
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