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David Breuer-Weil, Flight, 2018
David Breuer-Weil, Flight, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Sam Roberts
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Enjoy Free Sculpture in London This Summer

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 2 July 2018
When better to enjoy London than in summer, when the city truly comes alive with a plethora of outdoor events? So, to celebrate, Culture Trip have compiled a number of free outdoor art exhibitions that are transforming London’s public spaces with ambitious, engaging and imaginative art.

Frink sculpture finds new home on New Bond Street

You may well have missed the surprisingly inconspicuous Horse and Rider (1974), created by Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993), which used to reside outside a Caffè Nero on Dover Street. The bronze sculpture, which was originally commissioned for Trafalgar House in Piccadilly in 1974, has found a new home on New Bond Street. Recently restored, the work was relocated as part of a £10 million upgrade of the area by New West End Company. “We are delighted that Horse and Rider has been given to Westminster and will be displayed in pride of place in the new Bond Street Town Square, enabling this masterpiece to be enjoyed and admired by the local community as well as all the new visitors to the area,” said Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts.

New Cultural Landmark Announced For Bond Street: Horse & Rider By Royal Academician Dame Elisabeth Frink
The newly unveiled cultural landmark on Bond Street: Horse & Rider by Royal Academician Dame Elisabeth Frink in London | Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for New West End Company

Discover ‘Sculpture in the City’ throughout The Square Mile

Returning to the financial district of London for its eighth iteration, Sculpture in the City have placed 18 works by internationally acclaimed artists throughout the Square Mile. Displayed near some of London’s architectural icons, including the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater, as well as four new sites, the works are a welcome addition to the City’s urban landscape. In honour of the centenary of female suffrage, half the works have been created by female artists, including Marina Abramovic’s Tree (1972) and Sarah Lucas’s homage to British culture with her life-sized bronze Clydesdale horse Perceval (2006).

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Sarah Lucas, Perceval, 2006

Flying man sculpture lands at Marble Arch

Last summer many of David Breuer-Weil’s ginormous sculptures invaded various public spaces across London, some of which are still on show at St Pancras New Church and Cavendish Square. This year, you can find his bronze sculpture of a flying man, Flight (2018), at Marble Arch. The impossible action of an airborne man alludes to ‘humans on the move’. As the artist puts it: “In today’s world, nobody is bound to one particular place and we think nothing of travelling thousands of miles in one day.”

David Breuer-Weil's Flight, Marble Arch, June 2018 -023 (courtesy of Sam Roberts)
David Breuer-Weil’s ‘Flight ‘in Marble Arch, 2018 | Photo: Courtesy of Sam Roberts

‘Frieze Sculpture’ returns to Regent’s Park this July

For three months this summer, Frieze Sculpture will once again infiltrate the English Gardens of Regent’s Park with a selection of sculptures by 25 contemporary and modern artists. Once again curated by Clare Lilley, director of programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Frieze Sculpture will transform your experience of the park with works by Richard Woods, Kiki Smith, John Baldessari and Elmgreen & Dragset.

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Richard Woods, Holiday Home, 2018 | Courtesy Alan Cristea Gallery

Olaf Bruening’s new sculptures launch the renovated Smithson Plaza

Formerly known as the Economist Plaza, because it was once home to The Economist magazine, 23-27 St James’s Street has been renamed The Smithson Plaza, and the first phase of renovations to this iconic space have been completed. Following in the tradition of presenting public artworks by leading artists, including Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, the plaza launches with five life-size mirrored sculptures by the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning.

Olaf Breuning Sculptures © David Parry PA Wire
Swiss artist Olaf Breuning’s sculptures of mirrored heads unveiled at the re-opening of the former Economist Plaza, 2018 | Photo: © David Parry PA Wire

Random International unveil Albert Embankment commission

Known for their immersive installations including the genius Rain Room, which recently found a new home in the UAE, Random International are set to unveil their first permanent public art commission during Art Night on 7 July. Self & Other (2018), which explores the theme of identity, will be installed on the Albert Embankment in St James’ next to the St James’ Merano Residences. The work will react to the movement of viewers and ultimately mirror their action by creating an illuminated reflection. For the big reveal at Art Night, dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor will perform with the work.

Future Self by Random International (2012). Photography by Ravi Deepres, courtesy FuturePace. Performance by Studio Wayne McGregor to a score by...
Studio Wayne McGregor performers with Random International’s ‘Future Self’ (2012) | Photo: Ravi Deepres, courtesy FuturePace

Want to see more public art in London? Go see Henry Moore’s Old Flo in Canary Wharf.