Sculpture in the City Programme 2021

As part of Nocturnal Creatures, our free arts festival on Saturday 17 July 2021,  the surrounding area comes alive through an extensive associate programme with Sculpture in the City which features 19 sculptures in locations across the City of London and will be brought to life by some of the exhibiting artists including Oliver Bragg, Laura Arminda KingsleyAlmuth Tebbenhoff, Isabella MartinJun T. Lai, Rosanne Robertson and Jake Elwes, along with a number of tours around the 10th Edition of Sculpture in the City, including an Art and Architecture tour led by David Rosenberg. 

Browse the programme below and head to their website to download their map so you can explore the sculptures in your own time.

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Laura Arminda Kingsley

Murmurs of the Deep (2021)
Sound installation
Leadenhall Building, London EC3V 4AB
6:15 – 10:15pm, every 15 minutes           

Laura Arminda Kingsley will activate the site of her installation Murmurs of the Deep, which is situated at the escalators of the Leadenhall building with a sound installation. The proposed sound installation consists of a recording of a poem, written in response to the piece playing in a continuous loop for the duration of the event (6-11 pm). In sharing this poem, inspired by the deep time history of our oceans and waterways; the artist hopes to offer the audience an alternative perspective with which to reconsider their place in the world.

Oliver Bragg Landscape (1)

Oliver Bragg

From Seed to Sculpture (2021)
Drop-in sessions activated by Mother Earth’s Plantasia
Jubilee Gardens, Houndsditch
London EC2M 4WD
6-8pm, every 30 minutes    

Oliver Bragg will set up a small gardening station in Jubilee Gardens where he will be providing potted seeds with instructions on how to grow, nurture and harvest the hemp to people who wish to take one. Following the event, participants will receive details on how to create sculptural material from their hemp. This will be accompanied by Mother Earth’s Plantasia, an electronic album by Mort Garson first released in 1976 and composed specifically for plants to listen to.  

Jake Elwes Portrait (1)

Jake Elwes

Latent Space 
Artist Jake Elwes in conversation with Tabish Khan 
120 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 5BA
7.00 – 8.00pm

Jake Elwes will be taking visitors through the creation of with journalist Tabish Khan (Visual Arts Editor, Londonist). Elwes will speak about the processes and evolution of what can now perhaps be considered Artificial Intelligence in its infancy. The 2021 iteration of Latent Space, is accompanied by a newly commissioned soundscape by Singaporean artist The Analog Girl, commissioned by Sculpture in the City x MSCTY. 

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Jun T. Lai

Alice in Wonderland, 2021
Plaza outside Fenchurch Street Station, EC3M 4AG

6:15 – 6:45pm7:15 – 7:45pm and 8:15 – 8:45pm 

Jun T. Lai’s Alice in Wonderland will be activating the installation site of her work Bloom Paradise. Professional roller skaters dressed in a costume created by the artist will depict a modern day Alice, representing ideas of love and hope. The performance aims to evoke the sense of flowers blooming in a journey of exploration and adventure. Visitors will receive floral paper masks designed by the artist, which also contain QR codes linking to an electronic version of Für Elise.


Isabella Martin

Shells & Time (2021)
Performative recital
Top of 99 Bishopsgate (podium level)
London EC2M 3XD
6:30 – 7pm and 7:45 – 8.15pm  

Isabella Martin will perform a live reading of ‘Shells & Time’, a short story by Italo Calvino which inspired the work Keeping Time, exhibited at 99 Bishopsgate. It recounts the attempts of a shell trying to create a clock from its body, and explores our small attempts to keep track of time passing in a world in flux.

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Rosanne Robertson

Stone (Butch) Undercurrents (2021)
Bury CourtLondon EC3A 8EX
7- 7.30pm and 8:15 – 8:45pm 

Rosanne Roberston will be presenting an electro-acoustic performance made by ‘sounding out’ the materials of their public sculpture Stone (Butch), combined with a ‘cut up’ performative reading of Les Feinberg’s revolutionary novel Stone Butch Blues, from which this body of works exploring the terrain of the Queer body, ranging performance, drawing and sculpture has taken inspiration.  

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Almuth Tebbenhoff

Mindful Meditation (2021)
Participatory meditation
Mitre Square, London EC3A 5DH
Mindful meditation sessions: 6:30 – 7pm and
8:30 – 9pm
Mindful space drop-in sessions: 7 – 7:30pm,
7.30 – 8pm and 8 – 8:30pm    

Almuth Tebbenhoff wishes to bring our attention to the fact that the four cubed open steel bolted structure of Redhead Sunset Stack is painted in response to the colours that the artist observes during sunset. This is something which she actively engages with, whenever possible. For this activation, she will join participants for two sittings where they will meditate together. Once at the start of the evening then again at sunset. Either side of which, the audience will be able to drop in and sit around. Creating a mindful, calm oasis within the buzzing energy of the Nocturnal Creatures overall programme. 

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Tour of Sculpture in the City

Leadenhall Building, London EC3V 4AB
6:30 – 8:30pm and 7 – 9pm  

A tour of the tenth edition of Sculpture in the City that features work by 18 artists including Alice Channer, Almuth Tebbenhoff, Bram Ellens, Elisa Artesero, Eva Rothschild, Guillaume Vandame, Isabella Martin, Jake Elwes, Jun T. Lai, Laura Arminda Kingsley, Laure Prouvost, Mark Handforth, Mike Ballard, Oliver Bragg, Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen, Rosanne Robertson, Ruth Ewan, Tatiana Wolska. 

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When Art Meets Architecture

Leadenhall Building, London EC3V 4AB
David Rosenberg of Velorose will lead a tour of the tenth edition of Sculpture in the City, with a focus on its architectural context. 

Work credits in order from left to right: Murmurs of the Deep, by Laura Arminda Kingsley, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin; In Loving Memory of a Loving Memory, By Oliver Bragg, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City..Photograph © Nick Turpin; Latent Space (2021), by Jake Elwes, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin; Bloom Paradise, by Jun T Lai, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin; Keeping Time, by Isabella Martin, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin; Packing (2020), Video still from performance for camera Photo courtesy of the artist. Acquired by The Contemporary Art Society for Wakefield Council Permanent Art Collection (The Hepworth Wakefield); Redhead Sunset Stack, by Almuth Tebbenhoff, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin; Cosmos, by Eva Rothschild, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © of the artist; Reactivity, by Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen, 10th edition of Sculpture in the City. Photograph © Nick Turpin.