‘Sculpture Wars‘ focuses on the great debate surrounding statues and monuments, a topic that has recently divided opinion in politics, in the media, and in the country at large.
Created and conducted by qualified guides, David Harry and Frank Molloy, ‘Sculpture Wars’ highlights some of the more contentious sculptures in London’s corridors of power, including those of Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson, and the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
The walk examines the meaning and validity of such memorials in public spaces, as well as discussing their artistic merit, often a subject for debate in itself. It also aims to show how controversy over iconic symbolism is not just a recent phenomenon.
In addition, the walk takes in some of the capital’s most historic buildings such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Harry said: “Some argue that today’s statue wars are a reflection of modern identity politics but in truth, controversy over statues is nothing new. Indeed, battle lines can stretch back centuries.”
Molloy added: “Participants will of course form their own opinions, but whatever your position, we hope to put the debate into some context, and at the very least, offer a fascinating and enjoyable stroll through the heart of London.”
‘Sculpture Wars’ is a scheduled walk which starts from St James Park London Underground station and finishes in Trafalgar Square. The walks duration is about two hours. ‘Sculpture Wars’ is in addition to our listed repertoire of London Walks.
As this walk is a joint venture with another company, the payment structure and procedure is different to the other walks on this website. Bookings for the scheduled Sculpture Wars walk must be made through the EventBrite website.
Sculpture Wars Study Walk
The Sculpture Wars walk can also be tailored as a specially arranged private study tour, thus providing a valuable resource for tutors organising field trips in London. The guides are student-friendly and knowledgeable. They are fully qualified, accredited, enhanced DBS checked and insured. Contact us through our bookings and enquiries page for further details.
SCULPTURE WARS WALK
PRICES & PRACTICAL INFORMATION
● Description: scheduled walk with accredited guides.
● Meet: St James’s LU station, London.
● Typical duration: 2 hours.
● Number of persons: up to 15 persons.
● Scheduled bookings: Through EventBrite.
● Private booking prices: £260.00 per group.