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25 Mar 2011

Al fresco art around London 0  

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Now it’s getting warmer, it’s time to venture outside a bit more and enjoy the wonderful al fresco art that’s dotted throughout our beautiful city. We went on a little walk to find some of the fantastic pieces of outdoor sculpture, murals and monuments not to miss.

Outdoor art in LondonChild at Heart, Park Lane

Artist Lorenzo Quinn has designed a huge hand pushing a Mini that ‘evokes the child within’ and is in the central reservation of one of London’s busiest streets, Park Lane. The sculpture named ‘Child at Heart’ has been exhibited all over the world but arrived in London earlier this year.

The piece is part of the Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture Festival that has set up over 60 pieces of art on show all around London in the run up to the Olympics.

Elephants on Parade

Last summer over 250 baby elephant sculptures were planted all over London in the hope of raising millions of pounds for the Elephant Family, a charity that works tirelessly to protect the Asian elephant from the threat of extinction. Each elephant was decorated by an artist or celebrity and put up for auction at Sotheby’s to raise vital funding. The majority of the sculptures are now sold but you can still bump into the odd elephant here and there across London.

The 4th Plinth, Trafalgar Square

There are four plinths around Trafalgar Square but one had remained empty for over 100 years until 1999 when the plinth was used for specially commissioned artwork. Among the most famous was Antony Gormley’s One & Other that allowed members of the public to take turns on the the plinth for one hour at a time.

Currently on display is Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle.

– Art @ Spitalfields

Spitalfields has mentions in the history books back to the 1100’s when it was a hospital and priory, but these days it’s one of London’s most famous markets that has been trading for over 120 years. After a huge regeneration programme, Spitalfields is now host to some of the freshest talent in sculpture and works of art are displayed all over the borough, including artist Paul Cox, a Henry Moore scholarship graduate.

We love art at The May Fair and we have various different pieces from artists across the globe. Pop in to see us to view some of the pieces we have in our public areas or read more about art in Mayfair. See you soon!

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