The area around City Hall known as More London really does offer more to London at the moment, with this collection of larger ladies. The sculptures are the work of Chinese artist Xu Hongfei, who wants to challenge Western ideals of beauty.
The female subjects of Xu Hongfei’s sculptures are infused with energy and exuberance. There is an innocent charm to the sheer joy they find in the ordinary, a sentiment that the artist hopes will prove contagious with viewers. His ‘Chubby Women’ are not limited by their size and enjoy active and fulfilling lives walking dogs, meeting lovers, riding bicycles and even skateboarding.
They certainly attracted plenty of good-natured attention from passers-by during our visit this morning. But timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, some have asked if there’s a political dimension to this otherwise jolly exhibition.
You’ll find the ladies along the south bank of the Thames between Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast until Monday 9 June.