Damien Hirst’s ‘Temple’
(2008) is now on display in the City of London as part of Sculpture in the City. The Sculpture in the City
initiative – now in its seventh year – features works from leading artists, set amongst some of London’s most significant architectural landmarks.
‘Temple’ is a 21-foot painted bronze sculpture that weighs over three tonnes. It presents an anatomical model of a male torso with the musculature and organs exposed. The sculpture has been installed on Cullum Street (EC3), near one of London’s oldest markets, Leadenhall Market. It is within walking distance of Bank, Monument and Tower Hill tube stations.
The work featured in the artist’s solo exhibitions, ‘Requiem’
(Kiev, 2009) and ‘Cornucopia’
(Monaco, 2010). This is the first time ‘Temple’ has been publicly displayed in the UK.
Other artists exhibiting in this year’s Sculpture in the City are: Daniel Buren, Fernando Casasempere, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, Kevin Killen, Paul McCarthy, Nathaniel Rackowe, Peter Randall-Page, Recycle Group, Bosco Sodi, Karen Tang, Gavin Turk, Mhairi Vari, Mark Wallinger and Gary Webb.