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Moving Sculptures on Show at National Gallery

Date Posted: 23/05/13

Moving Sculptures on Show at National Gallery

The National Gallery is typically associated with classical fine art, although anyone visiting the attraction this summer will be able to enjoy a new exhibition that puts a contemporary spin on an age-old theme.

British artist Michael Landy, the current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence at the gallery, has created a series of moving mechanical sculptures depicting the saints, which will be on show in the Sunley Room from today (May 23rd) until November 24th.

Each piece consists of wheels, cogs and other components acquired by Landy from car boot sales, and have been assembled into animated pieces which visitors can activate using a foot pedal.

Anyone staying in London hotels may want to pay a visit to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, where they will be given a whole new perspective on Saints Apollonia, Francis, Jerome, Thomas and others.

Those who wish to see classical paintings of the saints that inspired Landy's work can do so in the gallery's Sainsbury Wing, which houses a number of famous pieces including Carlo Crivelli's Saint Jerome.

Posted by Becky Spence

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