One Eagle Place Piccadilly, Stephen Cox Sculpture London, Public Art St James’s
One Eagle Place Development, Piccadilly
St James’s Development, England, UK – Sculpture by Stephen Cox
14 Jun 2013
One Eagle Place – Stephen Cox Sculpture
Stephen Cox sculpture unveiled at Eric Parry-designed One Eagle Place development in Piccadilly
14 June 2014 – A major piece of public art was unveiled yesterday (13th June 2013) at One Eagle Place, The Crown Estate’s first major development in St James’s, designed by Eric Parry Architects.
Eminent artist Stephen Cox has created a dramatic sculpture for the splay corner of Eagle Place and Jermyn Street, at fourth floor level.
The substantial, six-ton basalt artwork was carved by Cox in India, and represents a totemic face, partially covered by a mask-like sheet of gold, peering through from the building.
The powerful sculpture is the continuation of the body of anthropomorphic work that the sculptor has developed throughout his career, which investigates eastern philosophy and the role the senses play within it. Eric Parry said: “Having successfully collaborated with Stephen Cox on a number of projects, I was delighted to work with him again on this very public commission. We discussed an artwork that mediated between sky and earth and was pertinent to its location. The result is a powerful and mysterious piece that will create a strong presence for the building.”
James Cooksey, Head of St James’s Portfolio at The Crown Estate said: “As The Crown Estate’s first major development in St James’s, part of our £500m investment vision for the area, we wanted a project that would respect the building’s high profile and historic setting, but one which would also push boundaries. Stephen’s striking sculpture is a key feature of the building’s unique design”.
Eric Parry Architects’ design for One Eagle Place incorporated artwork as integral elements from the early concept stages. The building also features a sculptural cornice by Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon, integrated into the architecture of the Piccadilly façade.
The unveiling of Stephen Cox’s sculpture coincides with the completion of the scheme which, located in St James’s Conservation Area, occupies a prominent block bounded by Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Jermyn Street and Eagle Place and offers new retail spaces, offices and contemporary residential units.
Stephen Cox trained at the West of England College of Art, Bristol (1964-65), Loughborough College of Art (1965-1966), and the Central School of Art and Design, London (1966-1968) and has since lectured at colleges throughout the United Kingdom.
He is perhaps best known for his monolithic sculptures and has created site specific pieces in Italy, India and Egypt, drawing on the indigenous materials to create contemporary works that resonate with historical and cultural connotations.
Using traditional techniques, he has carved marble, alabaster and porphyry, and was the first artist to gain access to the Imperial Porphyry Quarries in the Eastern Mountains of Egypt for many centuries.
Awards include: The Arts Council of Great Britain Award (1978, 1980), British Council Bursary (1979,1980), Hakone Open Air Museum Prize (1985), Indian Triennale Gold Medal (1986), Royal Academy Goldhill Sculpture Prize (1988), Capital and Counties Art and Work Award (1991), ACE Award for Art in a Religious Context (2007/8).
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7 Mar 2013
Richard Deacon’s Cornice
The Crown Estate unveils Richard Deacon’s cornice in Piccadilly at its St James’s Gateway development designed by Eric Parry Architects
Richard Deacon’s Cornice – St James’s Gateway Art:
photo : Dirk Lindner
A major new piece of public art has been unveiled in Piccadilly today (6 March 2013) in front of an audience of leading figures from the world of art, architecture, property and local government; these included Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate, artists Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley, together with Alison Nimmo, Chief Executive of The Crown Estate, Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of the City of Westminster, and Eric Parry of Eric Parry Architects.
One Eagle Place – Stephen Cox Sculpture Piccadilly images / information from the Crown Estate
Location: Piccadilly, London, England, UK
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