With an iconic skyline and several jaw-dropping feats of architecture, London is something of a work of art in its own right, and taking a stroll around the streets of the capital can often feel like wondering through an art gallery.
However, by exploring the so-called Square Mile, visitors really can experience some groundbreaking works of art created by some of the most renowned artists on the planet, thanks to the Sculpture in the City project.
Launched by the City Arts Initiative back in June of last year, this is the third edition of the programme and will be coming to an end on May 20th, so anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of these quirky yet stunning masterpieces on London’s streets is running out of time to do so.
There are nine sculptures to look out for across the City of London, with one of the most striking being Jake and Dinos Chapman’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Located just outside the Gherkin, at 30 St Mary Axe, this installation consists of three enormous steel dinosaurs – not the sort of thing you would normally expect to see in the financial district of one of the world’s most important cities.
Elsewhere, Robert Indiana’s creation, entitled ONE THROUGH ZERO (THE TEN NUMBERS) can be found on Lime Street, which is just off Fenchurch Street, and consists of ten giant, brightly coloured numbers, with each one carrying its own meaning.
The number one, for example, represents birth, while each ascending number then standing for the journey we all take through life, ending with zero, which is the embodiment of death.
Other sculptures can be found all over the Square Mile, with the highest concentration being located on Undershaft, which is just off Queen Mary Axe. London’s financial district is just a 15-minute tube ride from the Montcalm Hotel on the Central Line.