Lose your head in a good book: False Ceiling at Leadenhall Market
London is full of monuments and sculptures, often from a bygone era. So it is always great to see current day and contemporary artists represented across the capital. For the past four years, the City of London has brought art out of the galleries and into the streets as part of the Sculpture in The City exhibition. The current run originally featured 14 artworks on display in the City, in locations such as 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and Lime Street.
One such piece from the 2014 exhibition (unveiled in July 2014) is False Ceiling by Richard Wentworth, which is still on show. Located in one of the walkways in Leadenhall Market, the art installation comprises of a flock of books hanging from the ceiling. Originally dating from 1995, this piece has previously been shown at the Lisson Gallery. The artist said he was inspired by the huge variety and volume of books which would turn up in flea markets during the early 1990s when he lived in Berlin.
On the day in question I went to see it, the weather was dreadful with wind and rain aplenty. Huge gusts sweeping through a rather empty Leadenhall Market on a Sunday meant the books were swaying quite vigorously in the wind. It took a while to get a decent photo because there was so much movement, but I’m glad I got to see it before it goes. Unsurprisingly, it’s become quite the popular subject for Instagrammers.
- False Ceiling is on display until summer 2015 at Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, City of London, EC3V 1LT. Nearest station: Monument, Fenchurch Street or Bank. For more information about the Sculpture In The City exhibition, visit the official City of London website.
To read about the history of Leadenhall Market, click here.