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The art of Linear Park

Embassy Gardens is home to three new public sculptures from three of Britain’s most prolific contemporary artists. Internationally celebrated curator and art historian Sir Norman Rosenthal curated the sculptures, which feature along Nine Elms’ Linear Park.

Florian by Sarah Lucas at Embassy Gardens

Florian by Sarah Lucas at Embassy Gardens

‘Each is a highly imaginative, witty and thought-provoking work by three outstanding young British sculptors,’ says Sir Norman. ‘Together they represent perfectly the rich diversity of London’s cultural art scene.’

Sarah Lucas’ Florian depicts a giant marrow cast in highly-polished bronze. It’s provocative, humorous, undeniably phallic and very Lucas, who’s always been fascinated with human anatomy. Florian confronts the viewer as an object that is familiar and disorientating in equal measure.

Lucas emerged in the late 1980s as part of the Young British Artists with Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Tracey Emin. Lucas’s work focuses heavily on bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body. She’s received great acclaim for her bold use of humour, visual puns and metaphors of sex, death, Englishness and gender.

Rod by Mohammed-Qasim Ashfaq at Embassy Gardens

Rod by Mohammed-Qasim Ashfaq at Embassy Gardens

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq’s ROD is a 5-metre high, stainless steel sculpture that resembles a lightening bolt striking the ground. He is famed for his obsessive works that are based on the simplicity of shape, line and form. The sculpture is a star-shaped rod that extends from a triangular concrete plinth base.

Rising British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara’s Modern Marriage is a distinctively reflective piece. It’s Romanesque in its style and comprises a large foot with a ring embedded in the sole. The sculpture reflects the emotive and often autobiographical nature of his work.

Modern Marriage by Simon Fujiwara at Embassy Gardens

Modern Marriage by Simon Fujiwara at Embassy Gardens

Sean Mulryan, chairman and CEO of Ballymore, said at the unveiling: ‘Central to our vision for Embassy Gardens is creating a sense of place and these sculptures add to the rich cultural diversity of Nine Elms. The new Linear Park draws on the heritage of London’s great parks and will bring public vibrancy to the area – creating a space for community, culture and connections.’

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