Backup Only

This Week's Walks - Archive

Please see the Saturday Walker's Club This Week's Walks page.

This is an archive of walks done by the Saturday Walker's Club. You should only need to use this page if the SWC website is down.

Blog Archive

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Evening Walk - Sculpture in the City

Length: 2.7 km
Net Walking Time: 1 hour

Meet: Liverpool Street Mainline Station, Liverpool Street Exit, Street Level, Kindertransport Memorial at 18.30 hours.
Finish is at Leadenhall Market. Liverpool Street, Bank/Monument, Aldgate/Aldgate East, Tower Hill and London Bridge tube stations are just a short walk away, as are Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street and London Bridge mainline stations. All are in Zone 1.

The critically acclaimed Sculpture in the City is an annual exhibition showcasing contemporary works by internationally renowned artists in the confines of the City of London, on streets, in squares or on buildings. The exhibition usually opens around end June, and most sculptures are displayed until the following May.

2019 sees the ninth incarnation of this popular attraction, displaying 21 artworks (1 of them only from autumn 2019) by 19 artists ranging considerably in scale – from large glass- or fabric-works to small neon- or text-works, thoughtfully placed between iconic architectural landmarks such as the Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe), the Walkie-Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street), the Lloyd’s-Building (aka the Inside-Out Building, at 12 Leadenhall Street), the Scalpel (Lime Street) and the Cheesegrater (the Leadenhall Building). Wander the City's public spaces and stumble upon world-class public art, on an urban canvas recognised across the globe.

For more information on the exhibition, individual artworks and a map click here.
A printed booklet with a map, photos of – and information on – the art works can be picked up at the City Information Centre, located between St Paul's Cathedral and Millennium Bridge.

Eat/Drink: Leadenhall Market features more than 20 pubs, delis, bars, brasseries and restaurants. For more details click here.
For walk directions, map, photos, and gpx/kml files click here. T=short.24


Thomas G said...

11 at the alloted spot on the alloted hour, 1 other starting late and meeting us after the walk at drinks: n=12 . It was w=warm-for-the-time-of-year and the streets of The City were as busy as ever. The pace was slow (85 mins for 2.7 km, surely the slowest ever SWC walk?), probably signifying that this year's selection of sculptures is actually one of the more interesting ones. As noone other than the walk author had the directions printed out (or the gpx downloaded), inevitably at some point the group dissolved. 2 were never seen again, the others reunited by chance (several of the 'lost' walkers had at least bothered to fetch the official brochure from The City's Tourist Kiosk, so could locate the artworks).
At the end, 8 went to the dining room of The Lamb at Leadenhall Market for meals (most) and drinks (all). Nice evening, all in.

Anonymous said...

Luckily for you, beloved walk leader, some of us still appreciate the caring nature behind your biting sarcasm despite being too feckless, lazy or downright incompetent to pick up the directions. Thank you for leading most of the group most of the time !