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New City of London Sculpture Park Completed

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

New City of London Sculpture Park Completed

A piece by the late Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002) completes the new Great St Helen's and Undershaft Sculpture Park in the City of London.




Screen with Folded Arms dates from 1967. The screen is almost 2m high and is made from painted aluminium. It stands outside Hiscox's offices at 1 Great St. Helen's.

Kenneth Armitage was born in Leeds and served with the Royal Artillery during WWII, he died in London in 2002. This work dates from a period of his life when he was living and working in Berlin.

He is quoted as saying "I like sculpture to look as if it happened, to express an idea as simply as possible." Armitoge also said that he always saw this work in an urban setting "two massive, heavy, rounded arms coming out of the wall, as though the building behind was the body of the person. with it's folded arms sticking out in front.". I think this engaging piece achieves his aims perfectly.

There are more details of his life from the Guardian's obituary here.

This work joins three others to complete the temporary sculpture park.


 Anish Kapoor's Sky Mirror, a previous post on this here.


Garden Pouf  by Franz West.

 Julian Opie's Three Men Walking

More on the project as a whole from a previous post here.

The author of this blog is a qualified City of Westminster Tour Guide who runs unique walking tours throughout Westminster, see tabs for details.

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