Sculpture Q&A with Loyd Grossman

What do you love?

Loyd Grossman 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 me, Jagger and Pearson’s Royal Artillery Monument is the supreme work of Great War commemoration, perhaps indeed the greatest war memorial of all time. Its combination of colossal scale and intimacy magnificently situates individual human sacrifice and suffering within the context of global slaughter. And with its references to both medieval knights and the crucifixion, it transcends the 1914-1918 war to become a timeless universal memorial to the dead of all wars.

What do you hate?

Loyd Grossman replies:

Glynn Williams, Memorial to David Lloyd George, 2007, Parliament Square, London, SW1

Glynn Williams, Memorial to David Lloyd George, 2007, Parliament Square, London, SW1

Introducing movement into monumental sculpture is a perilous challenge. Even as great an artist as Epstein failed: his striding Jan Smuts in Parliament Square transforms the South African statesman into a Chaplinesque figure. Glynn Williams’ Lloyd George is even less successful as the Welsh wizard’s swirling cape takes on a life of its own, more dynamic than that of its wearer. For a lesson in sculptural subtlety look to Goscombe John’s equestrian Edward VII on the pierhead at Liverpool. The motion of the feathers on the King’s headdress is barely detectable, but eloquent.’

Aurora Corio