As part of the City of London's education programme each year, there is a sculpture trail of new works in public places. A large number of children enjoy numerous workshops based on these sculptures.There are 20 sculptures altogether of which I have chosen a selection of the ones I found most interesting to share with you.
This one is called 'Laura' by Jaume Plensa. It is a large, bronze solid looking statue. The surprise for me was looking at it head on, just not what I expected at all.
This is 'Fire Walker' by William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx. It was originally commissioned by the City of Johannesburg in 2010 and depicts the silhouette of a street vendor carrying a burning brazier on her head. Fire walkers sell pieces of coal to other vendors and are the poorest of the city's urban labourers. The sculpture is made up of fragmented pieces and I found it very difficult to find the exact spot which would align the pieces and give me the best view.
This view is from the City of London website which shows you a much better image of the sculpture than I could capture.
Bronze and river stones by Giuseppe Penone needed a second look from me. I didn't realize at first that the tree wasn't real but was bronze. In its branches are five large river stones. For some reason it suited the surroundings of the large modern city skyscrapers. The explanation from the artist is that 'the bronze encapsulates the memory of the tree, memorialising and extending its life as it appears to rise out of the ground, undeterred by the weight of the boulders.'
Magic Lantern Small by Mat Collishaw was my favourite. It is situated in an out of the way, very small square, surrounded by huge buildings. At first I wasn't sure what it was supposed to be but the explanation quickly enlightened and delighted me. In 2010 Collishaw created a grand zoetrope for the cupola of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It showed a group of moths fluttering around a lit lantern. There was a small replica of the giant cupola in the courtyard providing a close up view of the moths.
High up hanging from the ceiling of Leadenhall Market is a plastic mesh sculpture.