Little do many know that in addition to the public works of art dotted across Broadgate’s outdoor plazas, there are dozens of indoor paintings, tapestries and sculptures enjoyed by the workers who enter the building every day.
Here is a taster of what you can expect on one of our exclusive art tours…
‘For George’s Sake’ (1981), Marta Rogoyska
Packed full of bold, colourful geometric shapes, these wool tapestries provide the perfect foil for the cool, cast glass wall behind. Spanning just over eight metres, the wall hanging offers a frieza like vision of imagined fun and pleasure. Originally created for the nursery of a grand house, the vibrant blast of colour encourages the child in all of us to run free.
‘Poured Paint, Red, White Red’ (1996), Ian Davenport
Carrying out a thorough investigation into the physical properties of household paint, Davenport worked meticulously and methodically to create this piece and the neighbouring ‘Poured Paint, Orange, Black, Orange’. He systematically poured and dripped paint onto the prepared surfaces, before tilting each one, so that gravity and the consistency of the paint created the final compositions. His cool restraint and original technique created a pair of paintings that can give visitors a sense of déjà vu – with a red and orange twist.
‘Venus’ (1989), Jime Dine
Towering over you on arrival at 155 Bishopsgate, these massive, well-mounted bronze torsos were inspired by the Venus de Milo, a recurring motif in Dine’s work ever since a plaster of Paris replica from a gift shop found its way into his studio. Like the famous original, the two perfectly proportioned figures symbolise female fertility, and embody romance and beauty. However, rather than replicating the Venus de Milo’s smooth surface, Dine’s pieces resemble archaeological artefacts, hand worked and rough hewn to convey emotion and vigour. You can almost sense the movement of the tools, the very act of creation.
If you would like further information on Broadgate’s hidden gems, please see Broadgate's Art Leaflet, and keep an eye on our website for one of our art tours.