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Pop-up sculpture park launches in London

by Rhiannon James

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PARK ART in Haringey: Ben Long, Lion Scaffolding Sculpture, Bruce Castle Park, 2012. Image: Ben Long. Courtesy UP Projects

A giant lion made out of scaffolding poles is to look out over Tottenham this summer as part of a new take on a traditional sculpture park.

The nine-metre high animal, created by artist Ben Long, is one of a number of specially-commissioned contemporary sculptures being installed across green spaces in north London to create Park Art in Haringey, a multi-venue, temporary outdoor gallery.

Martin Richman & Charlie Kerr, Free as a Bird. Image: Stephen White

The lion, which references the traditional sculpture commonly found in the grounds of stately homes and took three weeks to build, was unveiled yesterday outside the Bruce Castle Museum along with a light and sound installation by Martin Richman and Charlie Kerr in the museum’s Tudor-era Hawk Tower.

A sound sculpture that mixes music with the recitation of children’s rhymes from all over the world, created by artist, film-maker and composer Michael Szpakowski in conjunction with local children and their families, will open three miles away in Finsbury Park on Saturday. An existing sculpture garden at a local library will also be taking part.

“We were commissioned by Haringey Council to make art more accessible in the borough this summer, in time for the Olympics. We thought it would be really lovely to look at different parks and see how we could bring public art to each of them,” said Laura Harford, Assistant Curator at Up Projects, the public art organisation behind the initiative.

A series of workshops and other events linked to the sculptures will be held for residents living near the parks over the summer.

The sculptures will remain in situ until 23rd September.

For more information, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/parkart or www.upprojects.com

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