Sculpture In The Workplace

Wendy Taylor CBE: The Seed Series
7 September – 27 November 2009
Lobby, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14
Monday to Friday 5.30am – midnight; Saturday & Sunday 7am – 11.30pm

Wendy Taylor CBE, one of the UK’s pre-eminent living sculptors and an East London resident, is bringing a new exhibition to the lobby of One Canada Square in September.

The Seed Series features bronze sculptures of nuts, seedpods and fruiting plants, each of which capture minute detail.

Wendy Taylor was one of the first artists of her generation to ‘take art out of the galleries and into the streets.’ She is best known for her large scale public works, which now total over 80, probably more than any other living UK artist.

However, as curator Ann Elliot explains The Seed Series moves away from Taylor’s more famous large abstract works such as Timepiece 1972-73 at Tower Bridge:

“The bronze sculptures of The Seed Series are the result of disciplined working and keen observation. They are faithful renderings of natural forms and draw our attention to the exquisite structure of things often overlooked or taken for granted, and whose engineering is, in some cases, extremely complex.

“These small sculptures of nuts, seedpods and fruiting plants are the sculptural equivalent of minutely observed botanical paintings. Form and surface are as true to nature as it is possible to achieve in patinated metal,” she says.

Three of the series have been enlarged: Conqueror 2001-02 stands outside the headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline at Brentford, Middlesex; Sycamore 2006 is found at the Cass Foundation, Goodwood and Poppy Seed 2008-09, enlarged in fibreglass, is showing alongside its maquette in this exhibition.

A number of Wendy Taylor’s public works stand in London’s Docklands, which has long been an inspiration for many of her sculptures. A true East Ender, she was brought up in Bow where she still lives, working at her studio in Wapping.

Media and the public are invited to join the artist and curator in conversation on Tuesday 13 October at 1.15pm in the Lobby of One Canada Square. Please call 020 7418 2257 to book a place.

Notes to Editor:

About Wendy Taylor

Wendy Taylor studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London (1962-67), where tutors included Anthony Caro, Phillip King, Tim Scott, William Tucker and Isaac Witkin. Her fellow students included sculptors Barry Flanagan, Richard Long and Bruce McLean, amongst others.

She has had few exhibitions in her long career, preferring to work directly for clients, largely in the public realm. Most people know her work without knowing who the artist is. She most definitely eschews the cult of personality, however impressive her achievement. Her concerns for art in the public realm are applied not only to her own work, but also to the principles involved, to which she has made a vast contribution over and above her practice as an artist.

Wendy Taylor was awarded the CBE in 1988 for services to sculpture.

A number of the eighty or so of her works that are sited in the public realm stand in London’s Docklands. These include: Timepiece 1972-73, The Tower Hotel, St Katherine’s Dock; Spirit of Enterprise 1987, South Dock, Isle of Dogs; Rope Circle 1997, Hermitage Waterside; Mariner’s Astrolabe, Virginia Settlers Memorial 1999, Brunswick Quay; Voyager 2000, Cinnabar Wharf; Acorn Wall Relief 2003, Switch House, Brunswick Wharf; Anchor Iron 2004, Anchor Iron Wharf; Feather Piece 2005 Capital East, Royal Docks; Memorial to the Civilians of East London 2nd World War 2007, Hermitage Memorial Garden, Wapping; and Spirit I 2008, Capital West, Royal Docks.

Images of the exhibition are available on request, together with a leaflet with text by curator Ann Elliott. Call 020 7418 2257

Canary Wharf Group’s public art programme

CWG has a dedicated public art programme; commissions include a light installation by Martin Richman, railings by Bruce McLean, floor works by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Ron Arad, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and a series of photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass.

The ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park is curated for CWG by Ann Elliott. Past exhibitors include Phillip King, Dan Graham, Keir Smith, Lynn Chadwick, Ivor Abrahams, Laura Ford, Phyllida Barlow, Franz West, Keith Wilson, Andrew Sabin, Grenville Davey and Andrew Burton.

About Canary Wharf Group plc

CWG is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focused on the design, construction, leasing and management of Grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities on its 97 acre Estate in East London.

Over the past 20 years CWG has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business districts, constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space – more than any other company in London.

Canary Wharf is home to many of the world’s leading business organisations, including in the professional services, media, law, energy, financial services and transport sectors. It is also home to over 200 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, including many of Britain’s leading brands.

The Estate includes 20 acres of landscaped parks and plazas. Canary Wharf hosts over 180 events a year and has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art.

As at 31 December 2008 the vacancy rate for Canary Wharf owned office space was 0.3%. The average unexpired lease length was 18 years.

Canary Wharf is set for further expansion. In 2008, CWG signed agreements to commence work on the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station and to continue work on a new European Headquarters for J.P. Morgan. KPMG, State Street and Fitch Ratings open new office buildings on the Estate in 2009 and 2010, bringing thousands of new workers to Canary Wharf on a daily basis.