Four large-scale public art commissions by Sara Barker and Simon Callery have created a new hub of contemporary art at Angel Court in the City of London, a new office tower and public realm next to the Bank of England developed by Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan and designed by Fletcher Priest Architects. Managed by CAS Consultancy, all the commissioned works have been curated to contain elements of textiles and materiality that relate to the historical character of the site.
Sara Barker’s two sculptures are by far the largest works made in her career to date. Last of Light (3 Needles), 2017 acts as the focal point to the Angel Court piazza and borrows visual motifs from the area’s anecdotal history. Selvedge with dark, 2017 consists of woven and painted metal mesh layers running the whole length of Throgmorton Passage. The layering of painterly coloured metals creates abstract forms and subtle colour shifts, creating different views from each end of the passage, and textural detail up close.
Inside the building Simon Callery has made a related pair of large-scale paintings in his first public realm commission. At almost five metres high, Wiltshire Modulor Double Void, 2016 and Wiltshire Modulor Double Void Cadmium Red Deep, 2017 are hung on either side of the atrium, echoing the formal symmetry of the architecture.