Sculptor Armitage’s ‘Richmond Oak’ soon to be uprooted from Canary Wharf
PUBLISHED: 16:04 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:04 04 September 2017
Sculptor Kenneth Armitage is centre stage at the prestigious Canary Wharf to mark the centenary of his birth.
His ‘Oak Tree Sculptures’ exhibition inspired by Richmond Park runs until Saturday to kickstart a season of 20th century sculpture which is to include works by Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore.
He created his 10ft ‘Richmond Oak’ in 1985, commissioned by the Government Art Collection for the new British Embassy in Brazil.
The second cast of ‘Richmond Oak’ is on show for the first time in London in the lobby of One Canada Square, along with 15 smaller sculptures as well as drawings and sketch books.
Armitage made his mark at the Venice Biennale in the 1950s, regarded as one of Britain’s most significant post-war sculptors.
Canary Wharf’s arts programme houses London’s largest collection of public art, with 65 permanent works by 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen.