There are two beautiful new Windrush sculptures in Hackney

Two bold new sculptures have just been unveiled outside Hackney Town Hall. They are the work of young British artist Thomas J Price and are beautiful tributes to the Windrush generation. Opened on June 22, Windrush Day, the two nine-foot-tall bronze sculptures were created by scanning 30 multigenerational local black residents, creating composite figures that act as representations of the area’s history and impact durable Windrush generation on Hackney. , London and the UK in general.

Unlike most public sculpture, Price’s work is not a glorification of a famous or notable person, but a celebration of the ordinary people who came to the UK 74 years ago and profoundly changed this country. . The work, titled “Warm Shores”, is also not displayed on a pedestal, a very deliberate decision: “It is important that my figures are not placed on plinths”, explains Price, “to disturb a sense of the hierarchy that surrounds many public monuments. They exist in public and everyday life and are an extension of the people who inhabit these spaces. It was very important to me to pursue this approach with the Hackney Windrush Commission, which is why the two figures have been positioned in the square just outside Hackney Town Hall.

Price’s combination of conceptual intent, clever technological wizardry and decidedly confrontational aesthetic make this work one of the best pieces of public art London has seen in a very long time. Go see it, but no need to rush, luckily it’s permanent.

‘Warm Shores’ is outside Hackney Town Hall, E8.

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