Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Cubitt Steps, Canary Wharf E14
Canary Wharf website says this 1995 sculpture by Giles Penny has "a monumental presence and narrative sculptural language," but fails to mention what the language actually means. I think it embodies the vacant pointlessness of the wage slaves' lunch hour after the sandwiches are finished but before guilt drives them back into the office. Also that strange awkward pose the English adopt when forced to sit too close to someone they don't know.
Giles Penny is a painter-turned-sculptor who produces a lot of corporate art - you will find his work at headquarters buildings, apartment blocks and shopping malls around the country.