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 2014-2015 exhibition is False Ceiling by artist Richard Wentworth. 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 exhibition, visit the Sculpture In The City website.
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It’s World Book Day on 5 March and to celebrate the event, Seven Dials’ Book Exchange are hosting readings from three authors throughout the week. Writers Hannah Rochelle, Liz Hoggard with Sarah-Jane Lovett and Samantha Shannon will be reading excerpts from their new books with an intimate audience. The evening events, taking place on 3rd, 4th and 5th March, will see guests treated to complimentary popcorn and prosecco while listening to the authors in action. There will also be the chance for Q&As and book signings.
Kicking off the festivities on Tuesday 3rd is Hannah Rochelle, Fashion Features Editor at InStyle magazine and founder of EnBrogue.com, a blog devoted to stylish flat shoes. After huge success of her blog, which has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, Red Online and BBC Radio 4, among others, Hannah is now releasing the En Brogue book, featuring hand-drawn illustrations, photographs and facts about her favourite flats.
On Wednesday 4th, writing duo Liz Hoggard and Sarah-Jane Lovett will be sharing some insights from their Dangerous Women: The Guide to Modern Life. The life-enhancing tome offers practical, but humorous advice from a group of very knowledge women, with entries such as ‘Accepting A Compliment’,’Affairs’ to ‘Family Therapy’ and ‘Teenagers’.
Finally, on World Book Day itself on Thursday 5th, Samantha Shannon will be treating fans to an excerpt of her second novel The Mime Order, following on from her hit debut novel The Bone Season, which was set in Seven Dials. Her latest tale tells the story of Paige Mahoney’s alternate future London.
- To confirm your place at the events, please register at www.sevendials.co.uk, with the date you wish to attend. There will also be the opportunity for a few walk in on the evening on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 6pm, and the readings will commence at 6.30pm. Seven Dials’ Book Exchange, 9 Shorts Gardens, WC2H. Nearest tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.