Sculpture Q&A with Rana Begum
What do you hate?
Rana Begum replies:
For a while I drove past Firewalker* on my way north from London Bridge and because I only saw it from the back, I always had the impression that it is a horribly gloomy structure, cobbled together. It’s a shame that it only works from one viewpoint.
I love the fact that the structure’s bolts and fittings are visible in all their crudeness, but couldn’t they poke a small child’s or drunken adult’s eye out! I’m surprised because usually public work has to be scrupulously careful about safety.
A bit further down the road, things take a more colourful twist. Bruce McLean’s beautiful, steel sculpture brightens my day whenever I pass it. The towering, brightly-coloured face structure stands its ground proudly against grey suits, grey buildings and grey skies. I love how it changes with the light and the angle you are viewing from. And the colours never seem to fade!
*no longer on display