Happy 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.
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.
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.
Further along the path we found this construction of concrete, iron and volcanic block by Jose Davila titled Joint Effort.
One of the few sculptures to use colour is this one – Jean Dubuffet’s Tour aux Récits, which dates from 1973.
It was nice to see Barry Flanagan’s giant rabbit Drummer silhouetted against the skyline.
Another towering construction which sparkled in the sunlight was Conrad Shawcross’s Optic Cloak, made of galvanised and stainless steel.
And I was quite taken with Women by Huang Rui, which uses the Chinese characters for a woman and a person.
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.
The Frieze Sculpture show continues until 8 January and there’s more to see than I’ve been able to show.