Indepth Arts News: |
1999-10-01 until 1999-12-20
UK United Kingdom
Standing Stones, menhirs, runestones, the massive prehistoric markers of
ancient ritual sites; these mysterious, powerful symbols are found
'Standing Stones' brings together contemporary stone sculpture by
Scandinavian and Irish artists who are continuing this extraordinary
tradition, creating landmark pieces for the modern world.
The exhibition will be staged in the shadow of Tower Bridge, itself a world
landmark and major tourist attraction. The area adjacent to the Bridge,
Potter's Fields, is visited by 2.25 million people per annum and has been
selected as a 'Millennium Site' to receive special media coverage and live
worldwide satellite linkage during December 1999. It is also the specified
location for the new Greater London Authority headquarters building,
designed by Norman Foster.
'Standing Stones' has already shown in Stockholm as part of the 1998
European Cultural Capital programme and is currently showing in Gothenburg
prior to its London venue. In London the exhibition will be the highlight
of 'Visions of Norway', the Norwegian Cultural Festival which runs here
until Summer 2000.
The participating artists have all shown internationally, but this
exhibition brings them together for the first time. The sculptures by Bård
Breivik (Norway), Bjørn Nørgaard (Denmark), Pål Svensson (Sweden) and
Eileen Macdonagh (Ireland) are between three and nine metres tall and weigh
up to fifteen tonnes each. The sheer size of these stones will ensure that
they dominate the immediate landscape exuding a strong spiritual presence
at this historical site, a fitting tribute to the past and the future for
the new millennium.
Curator: Robert Connolly, Olympian Arts Trust. Trust Patrons: Marina
Vaizey, Richard Hamilton, Peter Black CBE RA, Tom Phillips RA, Prof
Christopher Frayling Rector RCA, Bruce McLean, Peter Greenaway.