M@Sculpture In The City 2022: Art Returns To The Streets
Track down all 20 sculptures around the Square Mile.
One of London's best annual traditions is back for its 11th year. Sculpture in the City places large works of art in prominent locations around the Square Mile — all free to visit.
This year's event sees 20 installations, by such artists as Sarah Lucas and Eva Rothschild. The sculptures are scattered across the eastern parts of the City of London, all within easy walking distance of one another.
As art festivals go, it must be one of the most-visited in the country, given the millions of people who pass along the busy City streets each week. We'd recommend saving your exploration for the weekend, when you'll find the pavements much quieter — all the better to contemplate the art work.
In truth, this isn't a vintage year, with about a third of the sculptures remaining from 2021's crop, while some of the newer ones failed to whelm. You'll have to properly search for a few of these works — one is hidden beneath the Cheesegrater's escalators, while one of the Leadenhall pieces does not tally with the map. Still, as ever, you will find a few humdingers among the collection.
Sculpture in the City is in the Square Mile, between Leadenhall Market and Aldgate, until spring 2023. You can turn up any time and wander round for free. An app and online map will help you navigate, and each site has a physical map and interpretation to help you find and understand the sculptures.