List of public art in Covent Garden

This is a list of public art in Covent Garden, a district in the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Camden.

City of Westminster

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Augustus Harris Memorial Drinking Fountain Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (Catherine Street) 1897Thomas BrockSidney R. J. Smith Drinking fountain with bust Grade I [1]
Memorial to David Garrick 27 Southampton Street 1901Henry Charles FehrCharles Fitzroy Doll Plaque with relief sculpture N/A A profile portrait of the actor is flanked by figures of the Tragic and Comic Muses. Inscribed DAVID GARRICK/ LIVED HERE/ 1750–1772/ ΜΕΛΠΟΜΕΝΗ/ ΘΑΛΕΙΑ[2]

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Young Dancer Broad Court, off Bow Street

51.5136°N 0.1225°W / 51.5136; -0.1225 (Young Dancer)
1988Enzo PlazzottaN/A Statue N/A Unveiled 16 May 1988. A gift to Westminster City Council by the sculptor's estate.[3]
Neptune Fountain Churchyard of St Paul's, Covent Garden

51.5114°N 0.1235°W / 51.5114; -0.1235 (Neptune Fountain)
1995Philip ThomasonDonald Insall Fountain with sculpture N/A Part of the southern gate of the church, reconstructed to Inigo Jones's design after it had been removed in 1877. The material used is a very close match to Coade stone,[4] the recipe for which has been lost.
Sculpture Maiden Lane 1998Eamonn HughesN/A Sculpture N/A [5]
Market Memorial Southampton Street 2006Glynis Jones OwenCovent Garden Housing Project Architects Bronze relief panel N/A Commemorates the fruit traders who worked at Covent Garden Market from 1670 to 1974. The deliberately crude style is intended to be in the spirit of the chapbooks popular in the 18th century.[6][7]

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The Conversion of Saint Paul Churchyard of St Paul's, Covent Garden 2010Bruce DennyN/A Equestrian sculpture N/A Unveiled 20 March 2015 by Judi Dench.[8] Originally commissioned for an exhibition of 2010 marking the tercentenary of the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.[9]

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Memorial to Agatha Christie Corner of Great Newport Street and Cranbourn Street

51.5118°N 0.1274°W / 51.5118; -0.1274 (Memorial to Agatha Christie)
2012Ben Twiston-DaviesN/A Memorial with sculpture N/A Unveiled 18 November 2012. Marks the 60th year of the run of Christie's play The Mousetrap, the longest in theatrical history, which is staged nearby at St Martin's Theatre. The memorial takes the form of a book as Christie is also the world's best-selling novelist.[10] Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, the Orient Express and a country house are depicted in relief on the book's cover.[11]
Diamond Jubilee Memorial
Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II
Churchyard of St Paul's, Covent Garden 2012?N/A Relief set into pavement N/A A small, brick labyrinth encircling a relief of an over-sized coin.[12]

London Borough of Camden

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes
Drinking fountain High Holborn 1897 Drinking fountain

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Seven Dials Monument Seven Dials 1988–1989N/AAndrew ("Red") Mason after Edward Pierce Column N/A Unveiled 29 June 1989 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, as part of the celebrations for the tercentenary of William III and Mary II's accession. The original Sundial Pillar was erected by Thomas Neale in the early 1690s; it was pulled down in 1773 in order to deter "undesirables" from congregating around it.[13]

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ob 08 Central Saint Giles, St Giles High Street 2008Steven GontarskiN/A Sculpture N/A The bright red abstract sculpture, which stands 5 metres high, is made of painted and lacquered glass-fibre-reinforced plastic. Gontarski wished to "create a heart in the midst of an urban development".[14]
William Central Saint Giles, St Giles High Street Rebecca WarrenN/A Sculpture N/A Adapted from a smaller work by the sculptor also titled William. The fluid, anonymous figure is intended to "speak of the ever-shifting present" and not of the past, and thus have the opposite qualities to most public sculpture.[14]

References

  1. Ward-Jackson 2011, pp. 22–23.
  2. Ward-Jackson 2011, pp. 255–256
  3. Ward-Jackson 2011, p. 10
  4. Ward-Jackson 2011, p. 249
  5. Goodwin, Katey (15 February 2015), A sculpture right under our noses, Art UK, retrieved 13 December 2016
  6. Ward-Jackson 2011, pp. 256–257
  7. Bradley & Pevsner 2003, p. 344
  8. "Dame Judi Dench Statue Unveiling – 20th March 2015", Vimeo, 27 March 2015, retrieved 9 February 2017
  9. "The Conversion of St. Paul", Bruce Denny, retrieved 21 March 2015
  10. "Agatha Christie memorial", Ben Twiston-Davies Sculpture, archived from the original on 20 August 2013, retrieved 2 June 2013
  11. Flood, Alison (10 August 2012), "Agatha Christie memorial to be erected", The Guardian, retrieved 2 June 2013
  12. "London's Labyrinths And Mazes", Londonist, October 2014, retrieved 5 May 2015
  13. Completing the Renaissance: The Sundial Pillar & the streets, The Seven Dials Trust, retrieved 28 August 2012
  14. Central Saint Giles Art, archived from the original on 12 February 2014, retrieved 28 August 2012

Bibliography

  • Bradley, Simon; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2003), London 6: Westminster, The Buildings of England, London and New Haven: Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-09595-1
  • Ward-Jackson, Philip (2011), Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1, Public Sculpture of Britain, 14, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, ISBN 978-1-84631-691-3
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