Ugo Rondinone: Public Art, London, 2022

Curated on behalf of Lacuna

Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, 2016 (Mohave Desert Nevada, on permanent display) © Gianfranco Gorgoni

The Street Permanent Public Art Commission

This artwork will be a new site-specific five-metre bronze sculpture by Ugo Rondinone, launching in 2022. It will provide a bold new focal point for the millions of visitors travelling between Praed Street and Paddington station each year. It will be the artist’s first public realm commission in London and one of three new permanent public artworks at Paddington Square.

“Art and design have the capacity to elevate conversations, to inspire us and create moments of joy, offering points for interaction and reflection. In this spirit we are delighted to be presenting a world-class public art programme, to be enjoyed by the millions who will work in Paddington Square, visit its shops and restaurants, or pass through its public square. Working with a highly talented and experienced curatorial team and jury, we have selected artists that represent a series of firsts for Paddington, for London and for the UK.” – said James Sellar, CEO of Sellar

Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, 2018 (Mohave Desert, Nevada) © The Artist

Paddington Square is London’s new quarter for work, culture, retail and dining at the heart of Paddington’s regeneration. Conceived by developer Sellar, a 14-storey crystalline building designed by architect practice Renzo Piano Building Workshop will sit at the centre of the new development. It includes a new Bakerloo Line entrance for the London Underground, west London’s highest rooftop dining experience and a 1.35-acre public square, providing a striking new arrival experience for Paddington Station.

The Paddington Square public art programme is commissioned by Sellar and curated by Stella Ioannou, director and Jade Niklai, associate curator, Lacuna.

Paddington Square, London (rendering by Grain) © RPBW, Sellar