Sculpture Q&A with Michael Sandle RA

What do you like?

Michael Sandle replies:

Charles Sargeant Jagger, Royal Artillery Memorial (detail), 1925, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1

Charles Sargeant Jagger, Royal Artillery Memorial (detail), 1925, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1

For unrivalled excellence I would have to choose C.S. Jagger’s Artillery Memorial – and for complete vacuousness the Australian War Memorial nearby – one communicates a great deal of relevant information about the Great War and delivers it with a powerful emotional punch because it is so well drawn – I particularly admire the figure of the Driver leaning back with a marked unmilitary pose and looking sardonically down on the passers-by which chimes with what Siegfried Sassoon wrote about the contempt soldiers in the trenches felt for civilians because they hadn’t the remotest understanding of the horror and hardship that they – the ordinary soldiers – had to endure.

What do you hate?

Michael Sandle replies:

Janet Lawrence (artist) & Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (architect), The Australian War Memorial (detail), 2003, Hyde Partk Corner, London SW1

Janet Lawrence (artist) & Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (architect), The Australian War Memorial (detail), 2003, Hyde Partk Corner, London SW1

The other one looks as if it has been cooked up on a computer and communicates very little.

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