Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, and More Announced for Sculpture in the City, London

Damien Hirst-Charity, Sculpture in the City
Damien Hirst, Charity (2002-2003)
Photo: Mike Parsons © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

Works by Ai Weiwei, Damien Hirst, and a host of international artists will be featured in Sculpture in the City 2015, a public exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the City of London, which opens July 9.

Now in it’s fifth year, previous editions featured works by artists such as Anthony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Cerith Wyn-Evans, Lynn Chadwick, and Ryan Gander installed around the area’s towering buildings, such as the “Gherkin” and “Cheese Grater” in London’s financial district.

“The aims of Open-City and Sculpture in the City are one and the same–creating a better built environment for communities to engage with.” Says Victoria Thornton, founding director of Open-City. “I thank the artists who have lent the works and congratulate the Corporation for enabling this thoroughly worthwhile venture”.

The fifteen artworks will be seen against a backdrop of some of the oldest and newest architecture–as the one of the oldest parts of London, the city sees 16th century buildings crammed in next to brand new skyscrapers.

“Sculpture in the City goes from strength to strength,” said Robert Hiscox, Honorary President of city company, Hiscox, of the installation on his proverbial doorstep. “Love them or hate them, they will enliven your emotions and make walking round the City a better experience.”

In conjunction with Sculpture in The City, Open City runs free educational workshops for school children in the area for the duration of the exhibition.

Participating artists include Ekkehard Altenburger (Germany); Bruce Beasley (USA); Adam Chodzko (UK); Ceal Floyer (UK); Laura Ford (UK); Damien Hirst (UK); Shan Hur (Korea); Folkert de Jong (Netherlands); Sigalit Landau (Israel); Kris Martin (Belgium); Keita Miyazaki (Japan); Tomoaki Suzuki (Japan); Xavier Veilhan (France); and Ai Weiwei (China).

“Sculpture in the city” is on view in the City of London from July 9, 2015 to May 2016. 

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