Tishman Speyer is announcing two initiatives to celebrate the sixties roots of the destination this Autumn. Smithson Plaza will welcome the installation of three public sculptures dated from the 1960’s, by octogenarian British artist David Annesley.
Annesley’s three works selected for display - Godroon, 1966; Untitled, 1969 and Untitled, 1969 - capture a revolutionary approach to sculpture-making in the 1960’s and date from a similar period to Alison and Peter Smithson’s plaza, originally completed in 1964. Casts of two of the three sculptures to be on display in Smithson Plaza are a part of the Tate Collection, including an edition of Godroon currently on display at the newly reopened Tate St Ives in Cornwall. Created in wafer-thin painted aluminium and painted steel, the works combine symmetrical elements with a sensitively balanced colour palette. They convey a sense of weightlessness enveloping the surrounding space outlined by their linear forms. With these open-form metal sculptures, Annesley draws upon his experience flying as an RAF pilot.
The introduction of the sculptures by Annesley will make him the fourth artist to showcase their work since the launch of Smithson Plaza as part of a dynamic public arts programme curated by Encounter Contemporary.
This is also Waddington Custot’s second collaboration with the programme following the presentation of three works by American sculptor Jedd Novatt currently at the plaza (on display until September 2019).