A very productive day around the Barbican area. Three targets all found (Bellerophon, Gardener and Glass) and three serendipitous extras (Rush Hour, Lumen and Shakespeare).
The IanVisits blog first drew attention to this piece. The hindquarters merit a second glance.
This is the last work of art by Jacques Lipchitz, depicting Bellerophon and Pegasus. It was the final sculpture worked on by Lipchitz, and was completed after his death in 1973.
Lipchitz was one of the most prominent cubist sculptors of his generation. As a teenager he moved to Paris, where he mixed with Picasso and Braque. By the time he left Paris for New York at the start of the Second World War, Lipchitz had already established an international following.
The sculpture is actually in New York City, and what we have here in London is a 12 foot bronze cast that’s about half the size of the American original. IanVists
waymarking.com, prosaic as usual,
The statue, by Karin Jonzen (1914-1998), was commissioned in 1971. The life sized statue, made from bronze, is on a low white stone plinth. It depicts a male figure, in working clothes, with his left knee resting on the ground. His right foot is planted on the ground and his right hand rests upon his right knee with his elbow pointing skywards. His left hand is touching the ground in front of him as if tending to a plant. His head is in a downward position paying attention to what he is doing. This is a pose that many will recognise.
it goes on to quote Secret London,
This rather lovely piece by Karin Jonzen is a beautiful tribute to all the gardeners whose unseen hard work makes our city a much brighter place. Jonzen (1914-1998) found fame after winning the 1939 Prix de Rome as a student but she was dogged by ill-health later in her career.waymarking.com
Also suggested by IanVisits. Various sources give a title of "Fountain of Glass" and "Glass Fountain". No sign of water being emitted on the day of the visit.
Just over 50 years ago, one of the City of London’s first displays of contemporary art went on public display — as a glass fountain.
Designed by the noted worker of glass, Allen David, the green column is surmounted by, a moon, an Islamic symbol, or a pac-man, depending on your perspective.
t was commissioned by Mrs Gilbert Edgar, wife of Gilbert H. Edgar CBE, who was a City of London Sheriff between 1963-4.
It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of London in December 1969, and was recently restored and reinstated in July 2012.
Water cascades from several points into large square pool … [see comment above]. IanVisits.
Found by chance while looking for Bellerophon (above). The text is from broadgate.co.uk. The plaque is remarkably tiny, as evidenced by the inclusion of some feet. It is remeniscent of one of the earliest images in this project, Fenwick Lawson's The Journey. Segal also created a homage to Mondrian, which could become a still life subject.
Rush Hour resonates with most of us – it’s the end of the day and we want to get home. Like us, these six bronze figures look fairly impassive as they brave the London weather in their damp looking raincoats. Yet there is something unique here - Segal created this sculpture from live models, encasing them in wire mesh and plaster bandages, before cutting each cast open to free the model, rejoining the mould and casting bronze figures from the plaster versions. And so was born one of Broadgate’s most popular pieces of art.
One of America's best known modern artists, Segal perfected the art of using plaster bandages to create real life tableaux, using close friends and family members as models. He won the US International Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture in 1992 and the National Medal of Arts in 1999. More recently the George and Helen Segal Foundation was established to exhibit Segal’s work and award grants to aspiring young artists. broadgate.co.uk
Another chance encounter at Broadgate.
Lumen is an installation of tree-like structures forming a luminous canopy of interlocking neon branches, shrouding the space in colour and light. Lumen was commissioned by Illuminating York in 2016. [until 22Feb18] broadgate.co.uk
This is close to The Gardener and Glass Fountain, above.
Given to the nation by Charles Clement Walker Esqr., Lilleshall Old Hall, Shropshire. londonremembers.com