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The Barbican Muse

The Barbican Muse
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The sculpture in 2014
Artist Matthew Spender
Year 1994 (1994)
Type Sculpture
Material Gilded fibreglass
Subject Woman with tragedy and comedy masks
Dimensions Script error: No such module "convert". (20 ft)
Condition Good
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates

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The Barbican Muse is a sculpture of a woman, holding tragedy and comedy masks, by Matthew Spender, and was installed on a wall near the Silk Street entrance to the Barbican Centre in the City of London, England, in 1994.[1]

The Script error: No such module "convert". long illuminated sculpture called Muse was cast in fibreglass and then gilded.[2][3] It was commissioned, in 1993, by architect Theo Crosby to 'float, glow and point the way' to visitors arriving at the centre on the walkway from Moorgate Station.[4]

As part of the 1993–1994 refurbishment, Crosby also commissioned nine gilded fibreglass muses by British sculptor Sir Bernard Sindall, but these were removed in April 1997, and sold to Dick Enthoven, owner of Spier Wine Farm, in 1998.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ Oxford, Esther (1994-05-31). "Facelift reveals heart of Barbican tourist trap". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  2. ^ Owen, Richard (1998-10-14). "Chins off the old block". The Times (The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2008.). 
  3. ^ Binney, Marcus (1993-02-09). "Architecture with art at its heart". The Times (The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2008.). 
  4. ^ "Arts Briefing: Barbican Brighter". The Times (The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2008.). 1993-08-26. 
  5. ^ Krouse, Matthew (2003-12-19). "Eighth wonder". Mail & Guardian (South Africa). Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Stock Photo: An ex-Barbican muse on the move requires careful handling". Alamy. 1998. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 

External links

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