|May 2011 saw the unveiling of Gavin Turk’s first ever permanent public sculpture, ‘Nail’, in the heart of the City of London.
Turk, one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors, was commissioned by Land Securities to create a striking new art installation that will be set into the pavement at the main entrance to the One New Change City mall.
Resting at a slight 5° angle, the 12-metre high, cast bronze sculpture of a nail sits between the gleam of 21st century glass and the historic facade of St Paul’s Cathedral. ‘Nail’ represents Turk’s interpretation of the dialogue between these two monuments, and the extraordinary changes that have taken place over the centuries in an area rich in history and heritage.
The installation adds to the iconic art already on site at One New Change, which includes restored mosaic flooring by the renowned 20th century Russian artist, Boris Anrep.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, One New Change’s design shares Turk’s focus on the transformative power of art and architecture. One New Change is playing a lead role in transforming the Square Mile, and it has joined the Barbican, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London as one of the City’s leading attractions.
Award-winning Turk is one of the most exciting British sculptors of his generation. Famous for exploring issues of authorship, authenticity and originality, he attended the Royal College of Art and came to prominence as part of the 1997 exhibit, Sensation.
‘Nail’ is the latest addition to Land Securities’ growing portfolio of public art, and marks its ongoing commitment to working with the best emerging and established talent to enhance its developments.