Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

Oh I am so sad to see the sculpture by the City Hall RAV line is gone and lifted! The bovines to whom I’d become so attached and acquainted. What precisely is the point of installing public art if you’re just going to remove it and crate it off elsewhere?!

There are handsome new arrivals which I’ll have to introduce myself to (my poor eyesight suggested they were pillow cased shaped pairs of legs in trousers today). I don’t know the bovines had been there less than a year …

I am used to sculptures moving into a city or rural space and inhabiting it … on a more permanent basis. You begin to look out for it whether it’s from the window of a bus or the train — you look for the piece and when it’s there you also check in to a corner of a city  or a lump of a field that redefines itself around its new acquisition or implant.

Rather than whipping the works out, why not just install new pieces elsewhere. It’s not like we are over run with public art installations.

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