Ref no43371/Dept/Exh/3/1
TitleCity Sculpture project
Date1971 - 1972
DescriptionFollowing the success of the 1968 exhibition New British Sculpture of works sited across Bristol (see 43371/Dept/Bks/2/8/10) Arnolfini director Jeremy Rees was invited by the Arts Council to work on the 'City Sculpture project'. 'For a period of six months, between March and November 1972, sculptures were installed in eight cities in England and Wales. From Nicholas Monro’s over five-metre tall statue of King Kong in Birmingham, to Liliane Lijn’s revolving cone in Plymouth and William Turnbull’s six-part stainless steel sculpture Angle in Liverpool, these works all reimagined sculpture’s relation to the city and the urban viewer. ... The project marked an ambitious moment in the history of public sculpture in Britain. Large-scale works by living sculptors at the forefront of contemporaneous debates were placed in busy urban centres. The ambition was to showcase new sculpture that was disconnected from monuments and memorials. Importantly, it set out to stage dialogues between abstract sculpture and people living and working in urban environments outside London. City Sculpture Project boldly unsettled established viewing habits and expectations generating debate about contemporary sculpture’s relation to place. At the end of the six-month exhibition period each city had the option of buying the sculptures and having them on permanent display. None did and all the sculptures were relocated elsewhere – some were sold, and others destroyed.' (
Access statusOpen
Archivist's note'Envelopes' in the Extent field refer to the number of separate melanix wallets relating to the catalouged item. (Each catalogued item has been divided within the archive box-binder)
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