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REVIEW: Sculpture in the City 2019

By Martin Macdonald

Sculpture in the City brings together an array of public art in the Square Mile, London’s successful and oft-maligned financial centre. Like previous years, the 9th edition is a mixed bag. Some works are truly engaging whilst others appear to be fillers.

Korean artist Do Ho Suh’s lopsided Bridging Home, a replica of a traditional Hanok-style Korean house installed on the footbridge over a busy street, and Crocodylius Philondendrus, a giant metallic cluster of animals by American artist Nancy Rubins, have both appeared in previous SITC editions, on the exact same locations. This, and the fact that there are three Arcadia signs – two too many – by English artist Leo Fitzmaurice, are part of what makes this year’s SITC a little less exciting than expected.

Do Ho Suh, Bridging Home, 2018
Fortunately, 2019 also holds several standout pieces. These include the digital Botanic garden by American artist Jennifer Steinkamp. Installed on the ceiling of a corridor at 120 Fenchur…

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