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London's best new public art

Check out the newest additions to London's outdoor art scene this summer


Angela Bulloch: ‘Heavy Metal Stack of Six

There’s a touch of science fiction to Angela Bulloch’s ‘Heavy Metal Stack of Six’, which resembles a digitally enhanced version of Brancusi’s famous ‘Endless Column’. See it at the entrance to Mount Street Gardens, W1, until October and its cybernetic siblings at Simon Lee Gallery (until Saturday May 30).

Mount Street Gardens, South Audley St, W1K 2TH.


Richard Wentworth: 'Topping Out'

'Bold Tendencies', the summer pop-up in a multistorey Peckham car park, returns on May 28, showcasing one-off art installations by acclaimed emerging artists AIRBNB Pavilion and Metahaven and, on the roof, a major new work by Richard Wentworth. 'What I’m doing is scenography. I hope that it will tease people because they’re slightly standing in the work. But, I’m not being horrid to them. I’m not putting down dung!’ Wentworth told us when we spoke to him recently. Read the full interview here.

Peckham Multistorey Car Park, SE15 4ST.



Henry Krokatsis: 'Turning Tree'

If you find nature a bit static, ‘Turning Tree’ by Henry Krokatsis could be the answer. This new permanent sculpture for Ladywell Fields, SE13, is an aluminium cast of a section of a fallen black poplar tree, which the London-based artist found in the park. Lying horizontally in the River Ravensbourne, the piece rotates gently in the current. Grab your wellies and take a seat – you’re sure to find the experience moving.

Ladywell Fields, SE13.


Abigail Fallis: ‘DNA DL90'

Linking the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ‘The Line’sculpture trail features art from the likes of Damien Hirst and Martin Creed, as well as Abigail Fallis’s double helix tower of shopping trolleys (‘DNA DL90’, pictured above). So what are you waiting for? Sunglasses, hiking boots (and maybe a thermos) at the ready.



Carsten Höller: 'Isomeric Slides'

Interactive art was still a novelty in 2006 when we fell head first (or feet first, for safety) for Carsten Höller’s slides at Tate Modern. Nine years and several ball pits/balloon rooms later, the Stockholm-based artist reprises these ace childhood regression machines on the exterior of the Hayward Gallery for his survey show ‘Decision’ (June 10-September 6).

Hayward Gallery, South Bank, SE1 8XX


Sophie Hill: 'Postcard Gardens'

The wittily named London Arts Board, a disused municipal notice board on the corner of Peckham Road and Vestry Road, gives emerging artists the chance to have a small but very public show in London. The latest, ‘Postcard Gardens’ by Sophie Hill (until June 10), brings bucoliccharm to this resolutely urban spot in the form of postcards featuring works by William Morris, Albrecht Dürer, Paul Cézanne and others.

Junction of Peckham Rd and Vestry Rd, SE5.


Conrad Shawcross: 'Three Perpetual Chords'

A permanent addition to Dulwich Park, ‘Three Perpetual Chords’ is a trio of looping metal sculptures that refer to musical intervals. Yet their maker, Conrad Shawcross, also hopes that they function as ‘meeting points, romantic destinations, and encourage playfulness’. If rain stops play, you can see works relating to the project at Dulwich Picture Gallery (until June 14). Shawcross, the youngest living Royal Academician, will also be a star of this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (June 8-August 16), when ‘The Dappled Light’, a new sculpture consisiting of five steel ‘clouds’, goes on show in the RA courtyard.

Dulwich Park, College Rd, SE21 7BQ.


Tomoaki Suzuki: 'Takeshi'

Every year, the City of London tries to make us forget about the Man by putting some pretty sculpture in our path. Now in its fifth year, Sculpture in the City’ (July 9-May 2016) returns with its starriest line-up yet, which either means we’re over the worst or that financial armageddon is around the corner. You won’t fail to miss ‘Charity’, Damien Hirst’s giant sculpture of a collection box, but look out for Tomoaki Suzuki’s tiny figures, modelled after real Londoners. Both artists’ work is on display outside the Gherkin. In September a piece by Ai Weiwei will be added to coincide with his retrospective at the RA.

Across the Square Mile (July 9-May 2016).


Alex Chinneck: ‘A Bullet From A Shooting Star’

Alex Chinneck, the artist who made Covent Garden market appear to levitate last autumn, pulls another magical feat out of the bag this September for the London Design Festival (September 19-27) when he’ll install a 35-metre-high lattice of steel resembling a toppled electricity pylon on Greenwich Peninsula.

Greenwich Peninsula (from Sep 19).

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Tony Edwards
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SOU FUJIMOTO architect SUMMER PAVILION, SERPENTINE GALLERY Hyde Park (all hours, until 20/10/13, free) An opportunity to see rare, top quality, architecture. The annual temporary pavilion reduces the utilitarian bonds, and allows great experiments. Do read about it before you go, and bring a picnic. Tony:- See:- Rowan Moore, & Oliver Wainwright: www.Guardian http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2013/02/sou_fujimoto_to_design_serpentine_gallery_pavilion_2013.html The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine's annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto's signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions ranging from the domestic, such as Final Wooden House, T House and House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University. Occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing. Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space - with a café sited inside - visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens.