Discover the best outdoor pieces in every borough of the capital.
Let’s admit it: life without art and museums is tough, and no amount of Netflix binge-watching during quarantine can fix it. Although the leading art galleries have closed their doors once again across London, you can still enjoy a number of spectacular outdoor art installations during the lockdown part two this fall.
So, put on your face masks and grab all people from your household – here is our guide for your socially distanced culture binge.
1. Heather Phillipson: The End
There is a lot to contemplate in Heather Phillipson’s new artwork. It was erected in the middle of the pandemic. The artwork is the 13th commission to adorn the infamous Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, and it’s called THE END. Optimistic much?
Despite its cheeky design, the giant cherry-topped cream swirl suggests a rather dystopian meaning. This is because of the drone posing as a fly resting on top of the cherry. It transmits live footage of the square which can be viewed on the visitors’ mobile phones all over the globe. The installation is said to last until Spring 2022.
2. Sculpture in the City
Every Londoner knows this popular outdoor art exhibition which is now back with its captivating ninth edition hidden across the City’s Square Mile. So, it’s a good time to sanitise your pair of hands and go see another by Patrick Tuttofuoco. One of the exhibition’s main highlights is the neon installation called ‘The Source’. It symbolises sign language and is on display with other 19 artworks by world-renowned and emerging artists. This will remain there until Spring 2021.
3. Eva Rothschild: My World and Your World
We could all use some time to relax *sighs in 2020*. Worry not: there is a bold new addition to Kings Cross’s art scene. It’s called “My World and Your World”. The sculpture was designed as a social space where visitors could picnic with friends, play outdoor sports, and enjoy sunny days. Inspired by the fragility of the natural world and resembling a colourful inverted tree, the art piece now stands at 16 meters high in Coal Drop Yard’s Lewis Cubitt Park. And don’t worry, this piece of art is here to stay.
4. Camille Walala: The Twins
Thanks to the French artist Camille Walala, West London’s White City streets are brighter than ever. Les Jumeaux (The Twins) is the name for two pedestrian crossings on South Africa Road and Wood Lane. In addition to this, there are seven murals on the façade of the WestWorks building. Get ready, because Walala’s signature geometric patterns are a part of the on-going cultural regeneration program for the area. We certainly can’t wait to see more. This installation will also remain where it currently resides.