LONDON, July 2 -- The city of London issued the following news release:
An invisible performance by a Death Metal band, two exhibitions celebrating Tower Bridge, and City treasures on rare public display are among the cultural highlights in the Square Mile over the coming months.
Sculpture in the City 2014, which is launched tomorrow, brings together contemporary art works by leading artists, such as Sir Antony Gormley, Cerith Wyn Evans, Lynn Chadwick, Nigel Hall and Joao Onofre, and places them in busy thoroughfares and quiet green spaces. The public art exhibition, now, in its fourth year, includes two of Sir Antony's distinctive iron figures, hundreds of books suspended in mid air at Leadenhall Market, and a Death Metal band performing (at least, until they run out of oxygen) inside an iron cube next to the Gherkin (30 St. Mary Axe). Interviews with the sculptors can be heard at www.audioboo.fm/cityoflondon
Tower Bridge, which celebrates its 120th birthday this year, features in two exhibitions during the summer and beyond: 120 Years of Tower Bridge: 1894 to 2014 at Guildhall Art Gallery and Bridge at the Museum of London Docklands. The show at the art gallery explores the Bridge as a source of inspiration for painters, draughtsmen, printmakers and photographers, and the museum's exhibition considers the significance of bridges within London's landscape. More details from www.cityoflondon.gov.uk and www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands
The City of London Festival, which runs until 17 July, features an eclectic range of activities, such as stand-up comedy, dance, jazz, classical music and family-friendly outdoor events. Headline performers include violinist Nicola Benedetti, comedian Russell Kane, and London Symphony Orchestra. More details from www.colf.org
Vivienne Littlechild, Chairman of the City of London Corporation'sCulture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, says:
"The City of London is coming alive with a wide range of cultural activities this summer, including the chance to see contemporary art work on the City's streets, dance performances inside the City of London Festival's huge bowler hat in Paternoster Square, and valuable treasures in the new Heritage Gallery. How often can you say that you've seen the Magna Carta up close, or tweeted about a performance by a heavy metal band that has been shut inside an air-tight iron box?
"My colleagues and I are hugely grateful to everyone involved in offering so many experiences to people who live and work in, or are visiting, the City. From the sculptors and their galleries who are supporting 'Sculpture in the City 2014' to the people selling tickets for the City of London Festival, thank you so much for playing your part in our cultural summer."
Looking ahead to the autumn, Magna Carta will be the star attraction at the City of London Heritage Gallery, which opens on Friday 12 September. Based at Guildhall Art Gallery, the purpose-built gallery will put on rare display some of the City's treasures, including its 1297 Magna Carta, one of the finest 13th century copies in existence; a property deed signed by William Shakespeare; the illuminated medieval volume, Cartae Antiquae; and original documents from the First World War.
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