Sculpture in the City is an annual urban sculpture park set amid the iconic architecture of the City of London's insurance district. Every summer, the City of London, in partnership with local businesses, unveils a brand-new selection of artworks by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists.
Now celebrating its 12th Edition, Sculpture in the City has shown a total of 152 artworks by 129 artists since the project's inception in 2011 and continues to grow in international reach each year, with ten countries represented amongst the 17 artists exhibiting in this year's Edition.
Launched on 27th June 2023, the 12th Edition of Sculpture in the City presents a diverse and thought-provoking selection of artworks throughout London's insurance district, extending from Bishopsgate to Fenchurch Street to Aldgate Square, and complements the iconic architecture and rich cultural history of the City with an invigorating and cutting edge public art programme.
Due to the success of the previous 11th Edition (2022–2023), seven sculptures by Emma Louise Moore, Emma Smith, Jesse Pollock, Jocelyn McGregor, Pedro Pires, Ugo Rondinone and Victor Lim Seaward remain in place for extended display alongside nine new sculptures by leading and emerging names in the industry: Arturo Herrera, Isamu Noguchi, Larry Bell, Mika Rottenberg, Phyllida Barlow, Rafael D'Aló, Simeon Barclay and Vanessa da Silva.
untitled: megaphone by late artist Phyllida Barlow towers six metres high next to 22 Bishopsgate. Resembling a reconstructed megaphone, the sculpture 'stimulates the imagination of the viewer to new creative forms, to memories and undiscovered fantasies'.
Nearby at Undershaft is Simeon Barclay's Pittu Pithu Pitoo – a large boulder with a contrasting small cockerel perched at the top. Situated between the Aviva tower and the iconic Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater), the 'viewer is invited, or perhaps forced, to consider how objects can determine our experience in space'.
Meanwhile, at Fenchurch Street, Mike Rottenberg's Untitled Ceiling Projection positions viewers as though they are standing beneath a glass table, as a woman overhead smashes coloured Edison lightbulbs in an immersive and vibrant audiovisual installation. 'The title as well as the placement above the viewer's head allude to the idea of smashing the proverbial glass ceiling.'
In addition, permanent artwork acquisitions have been made through the Sculpture in the City programme in recent years, including Nuveen Real Estate's purchase of The Garden of Floating Words by Elisa Artesero at 70 St Mary Axe, and the City of London Corporation's acquisition of Oliver Bragg's In Loving Memory bench plaques throughout seven locations in the Square Mile.
Through enlivening both new and familiar public places, Sculpture in the City brings together local workers, residents and visitors to engage with their surroundings and gain a new creative perspective within the contrasting modern architecture and ancient history of the City of London, and continues to grow from strength to strength.
The 12th Edition of Sculpture in the City is on view until Spring 2024, and is free and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Learn more about Sculpture in the City's extended programme including education offerings, events and activations at sculptureinthecity.org.uk
Samantha Greer, Project Support Officer at the City of London
Sculpture in the City is delivered by the City of London Corporation alongside LACUNA, a leading cultural studio