Work Scaffolding Sculpture
Sculpture in the City, 30 St Mary Axe, London
4 July 2014 – 7 June 2015

 

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Work Scaffolding Sculpture by Ben Long will feature in the annual 'Sculpture in the City' exhibition held within the City of London's square mile from 4 July 2014 – 7 June 2015.

 

Other artists in this year's selection include Lynn Chadwick, Antony Gormley, Nigel Hall, Jim Lambie, João Onofre, Peter Randall-Page, Richard Wentworth, and Cerith Wyn Evans.

 

Ben Long's sculpture will stand on the plaza of architect Norman Foster's landmark building 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as 'the Gherkin'.

 

Work Scaffolding Sculpture examines the value of hard graft associated with manual employment and describes the process of work as a methodical, cumulative endeavour. A direct reference to Robert Indiana's iconic artwork Love (exhibited Sculpture in the City 2013), Work Scaffolding Sculpture re-assesses the idealistic spirit of the 1960s. Conceived for a time of financial and perhaps emotional austerity, Long's sculpture serves to reflect life in a rapidly evolving 21st century metropolis. By utilising Indiana's colour palette and typographic style, Long invites comparison between the two concepts, Love and Work, both essential aspects

of daily existence and survival. Yet it is in the stylistic differences between Indiana's voluptuous form and the skeletal complexity of Long's riposte that the possible meanings of Work Scaffolding Sculpture may lie.

 

For more information and a map of the sites visit http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk.

 

An audio interview with Ben Long about the project can be found at https://audioboo.fm.

 

A short film about Sculpture in the City 2014, featuring Ben Long's Work Scaffolding Sculpture can be seen here.

 

Ben long would like to thank D+R Scaffolding Group plc for their continuing support of the Scaffolding Sculptures project.

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