Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park

Neptune by Matthew MonahanHappy New Year! It’s 2017 and you need something to do on Bank Holiday Monday, so here’s a suggestion for you. A walk in Regent’s Park taking in the Frieze Sculpture Park in the English Garden. There are seventeen sculptures by some top names so you’re bound to find one that you like.

Here’s my favourite – it’s Neptune (Rescue) by Matthew Monahan and you can find it in the fountain at the south end of the Avenue.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

It’s a good place to start as you can walk from there in a big circle taking in all of the sculptures and come back to your starting point.

The next one that caught my eye was this untitled bronze by Zeng Fanzhi, like a whiplash reaching into the sky.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

Its narrow pointiness makes a nice contrast with the roundness of this giant bronze apple located just across the way – Pomme d’Hiver by Claude Lalanne.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

Further along the path we found this construction of concrete, iron and volcanic block by Jose Davila titled Joint Effort.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

One of the few sculptures to use colour is this one – Jean Dubuffet’s Tour aux Récits, which dates from 1973.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

It was nice to see Barry Flanagan’s giant rabbit Drummer silhouetted against the skyline.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

Another towering construction which sparkled in the sunlight was Conrad Shawcross’s Optic Cloak, made of galvanised and stainless steel.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

And I was quite taken with Women by Huang Rui, which uses the Chinese characters for a woman and a person.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

Finally we ended up back at our starting point with postwar British artist Lynn Chadwick’s Stranger III, a bronze made in 1959, originally intended for Heathrow Airport.

Frieze Sculpture Park 2016

The Frieze Sculpture show continues until 8 January and there’s more to see than I’ve been able to show.

6 thoughts on “Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park

  1. Happy New Year Fran!
    Thank you for reminding me about the sculptures. I took a long holiday from London to New Zealand at the end of 2016, so I haven’t been in Regent’s Park for ages. I’m glad I’ve got a few days left to see the Frieze sculptures. One year I watched the workers dismantling the sculptures and putting limbs and parts into individual crates for shipping to the next venue. Maybe I’ll catch that again this year.


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