Summer is the ideal time to appreciate London’s public sculptures. From the civic monument to more conceptual interventions, the capital can boast a wide range of free sculptures. Alongside the free Sculpture in the City programme in the City of London and the forthcoming Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, you can now enjoy until the end of July a showcase of intriguing bronze works by David Breuer-Weil in a number of London’s squares.
‘Public sculpture is the ultimate street art,’ said Breuer-Weil of his new multi-location outdoor exhibition. ‘Far more people see them than works in museums. I have attempted to distil a great deal of emotion and meaning into simple sculptural forms that are dotted throughout London.’
Appearing as if to be sinking or emerging from the grass, Breuer-Weil’s immense, highly textured works make for unexpected witty juxtapositions to their surroundings. In the grounds of St Pancras New Church he’s placed two works, Alien – which Londoners might recall from a past installation at Grosvenor Gardens – and the six-metre-tall Brothers.
Apart from their dramatic impact on initial encounter, the works also probe deeper questions. As the son of a Viennese refugee, Breuer-Weil draws on personal experience; Alien, for example, alludes to what might be hidden below the surface and the concept of being a foreigner or ‘an enemy alien’.
He explains: “My Alien sculptures deal with the status of the outsider in contemporary society whilst the massive heads Visitor and Brainbox express the great value of every individual.”
Organised in partnership with London auction house Christie’s to coincide with its Sculpture in the Square initiative on until June 27, you can see Breuer-Weil’s sculptures at the following locations: