Tate Modern’s next huge installation for its Turbine Hall space is by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas. He is known for creating sculptural works from local found objects and materials, creating quasi shanty towns out of discarded bric-a-brac, inspired by the way his parent’s generation improvised their own housing using whatever materials they could source.
It opens 13 October and runs till 3 April 2016. If you’re going to Tate Modern over the next few weeks and catch a glimpse of it in progress, let us know.
Meanwhile, here’s a few more works on a massive scale to ponder – from the sublime to the ridiculous!
Statue of David, Michelangelo, Florence, 1504
It’s hard to imagine a more magnificent depiction of the human form than Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of the naked David. This is a good time to go see it, as American eccentric Jeff Koons is about to open a show of his own giant sculptures of the banal to go alongside the Renaissance masterpieces. Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, 25 September to 28 December.
The Angel of the North, Antony Gormley, Gateshead, 1998
One of Britain’s most famous and most loved pieces of public art. Built on the site of an old colliery in Gateshead, the giant steel sculpture of a human figure with wing-like arms is a memorial to the industrial heritage of the North East. Head up the A167 to see it up close.
The Statue of Liberty, designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, finished in 1886
This colossal neoclassical sculpture was a gift to the United States from the people of France, and has starred in countless American movies ever since.
Saw, Sawing , Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 1996
A 15-metre-high handsaw built of steel and resin and standing in the grounds of the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre as if sawing the ground in two – an amazing feat of engineering and imagination.
Puppy, Jeff Koons, 1992
This 12-metre high puppy dog covered in flowering bedding plants makes an incongruous welcome to visitors arriving at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Vroom Vroom, Lorenzo Quinn, 2011
This four-metre high sculpture of a child’s hand grasping a vintage Fiat 500 (pictured) sits right outside the very grand Dorchester Hotel in London’s Park Lane. Something about the way it’s sited, makes all the fancy cars and pretensions of London’s Mayfair look a little ridiculous. Lorenzo Quinn is a master of the over-sized aluminium hand and very clever in the placement of his works.
The ones that didn’t make it
(showing just how difficult it is to create a monumental work)
B of the Bang, Thomas Heatherwick, Manchester, 2002
A 56-metre high explosion in bronze, it looked wonderful – for a few weeks – but Manchester City Council decided it was a health and safety risk and took it down.
The Angel of the South
This was meant to be a 50-metre high white horse sculpture by Mark Wallinger on redeveloped land in Ebbsfleet, but is proved impossible to get the funding for such an ambitious construction. Sadly, it never materialised and a miniature version was made on display on The Mall in London.