While all of the other pages in this sculpture section deal with concrete subjects, whether it is a famous person or an animal, this section gathers together some of the more notable modern works in London that don’t fall into such neat categories.


Quantum Cloud

‘Angel of the North’ sculptor Antony Gormley was not so well known when he did this piece – at that the time tallest sculpture in the UK – for the then-new Millennium Dome in 1999. It was developed with fractal growth software, uses 5.5km of steel section and weighs nearly 50 tonnes.

The O2, Millenium Way SE10
DLR: North Greenwich

Madonna and Child

Sir Jacob Epstein’s work on the former Convent of the Holy Child of Jesus is cast in lead from its roof, melted in World War II bombing. Commissioned by architect Louis Osman, this work was unveiled in 1953, after a last-minute panic when the nuns found out the sculptor was not a Christian.

12-13 Cavendish Square W1
Tube: Oxford Circus

Taichi Spin Kick

This 1991 work outside Nobu is by Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming, who took up Tai Chi at the age of 38. Trained as a woodcarver, he has explored many other media and is considered one of the fathers of modern Taiwan art. He has his own museum of art near Taiwan’s capital of Tapei.

19 Old Park Lane W1
Tube: Hyde Park Corner

The Broad Family

Xavier Corbero’s witty 1988 sculpture in basalt shows a family, including the pet dog. The most recognisable feature is the highly polished a pair of child’s shoes that peep out from beneath one of the smaller blocks. Corbero is Spain’s finest living sculptor, with many large public works in his native Barcelona.

Broadgate Estate EC2

Tube: Liverpool Street


This abstract female face in bright coloured metal is by Bruce McLean. Glasgow-born McClean – well-known for his performance art – specialises in the irreverent and this 1993’s sculpture’s title refers to the Glasgow ‘Aye-aye!’ greeting and its prominent winking eye as well as the I-beams from which it is made.

199 Bishopsgate EC2
Tube: Liverpool Street


Henry Moore

Four abstract pieces by Henry Moore adorn the Time-Life Building, which also has a bronze – Draped Reclining Figure – by him inside. Put up in 1953, he carved them in his garden. Once they were in place, he asked to buy them back, as he thought the third floor was too high for them to be seen properly.

153 New Bond Street W1
Tube: Green Park