In London and walking across Hyde Park on the hunt for three particular works of art. Two were located on the South Carriage Drive and one in the park on the Park Lane side. It was a somewhat gloomy day. The park was practically empty when I walked through so I had sculptures to myself even if the photographs are dull.
The work of art entitled ‘The Rush of Green’ is also confusingly sometimes known as ‘the Pan sculpture’. It is at the Edinburgh Gate is by Jacob Epstein. It was erected in 1961 and depicts in bronze a family and their dog rushing towards the park. The figure of Pan is there playing the pipes to encourage them onwards. The confusion comes from the fact that, not so far away, lies the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens.
Nearby is the sculpture ‘The Search for Enlightenment’ by Simon Gudgeon in front of a development called One Hyde Park. This dates back to 2011 and like its near neighbour the work looks over towards the park, although the two heads look skywards rather than at any park activity.
The third work on this walk was back up towards Park Lane. ‘The Joy of Life’ is actually a fountain but there was no water in this feature when I walked by. It shows two people in bronze, dancing with four children, also in bronze, dancing around the edge. It is another work from the 60s. T. B. Huxley-Jones created it in 1963.
Discovering London’s public sculpture is in my hinterland. What’s in yours?