There are extraordinary works of art in public spaces, writes Melanie McDonagh, as she calls on Londoners to enjoy the city’s public art following the Mayfair art trail.
There are bold, bright banners hanging up in Bond Street right now, a bit like giant arty tea-towels. The idea from Royal Academician Mali Morris is that they change their aspect with the changing light through the day. This is where the Royal Academy Summer Show spills over into the neighbourhood. It’s a perfect transitory art form: here for a few months, then gone again. In fact, the banners over Bond Street and in neighbouring Piccadilly are a welcome, relatively new art form, way more fun than the preachy London Is Open slogans that used to annoy passers by. They’re the summer equivalent of the Christmas lights, only for daytime.
It’s the fifth year that we’ve had them, and it’s the fifth year of the Mayfair art trail, a combination of temporary sculpture sponsored mostly by neighbouring art galleries, and permanent pieces given renewed focus from the trail...Keep reading on The Evening Standard.