LONDON, July 08, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- A new, free exhibition featuring an 8ft bronze sculpture by Damien Hirst will open this summer in the incredible surroundings of a seventeenth-century church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the heart of the City of London. Odyssey will fill St Edmund in the City with sculptures that explore big themes of life and death, running from 27th June – 18th July 2014 at the church on Lombard Street, London. The exhibition has been devised and curated by London's bo.lee Gallery, which, since its establishment in 2009, has developed a reputation for showing contemporary art covering complex subjects. The church is one of several Wren buildings in the City, and is only a short distance from his masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral. For a guide to the area's many attractions, including London restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, cafes and cheap hotels, see LondonTown.com.
Odyssey will create a series of dramatic contrasts within the beautiful sacred surroundings of St Edmund, emphasising the light of life and darkness of death, or presenting monochrome works against beautifully detailed stained glass. Among the exhibits is Damien Hirst's Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006), an eight-foot tall bronze sculpture depicting the martyred apostle with his flayed skin and instruments of torture.
Other works include Rebecca Louise Law's The Flower Garden Display'd, a beautiful organic sculpture of 4,600 flowers (of over 40 varieties), all entwined with 8,800 metres of copper wire, and Kathy Dalwood's Secret Society - A Last Supper, which continues her series of seemingly luxurious sculptural banquets in historic settings. A giant sculpted bronze plant by Bath-based Patrick Haines will reach upwards and fan out across St Edmund's vaulted ceiling. Right at the very bottom of this gleaming symbol of life is a single, sculpted goldfinch, a symbol of the suffering of Jesus Chris. Tessa Farmer will create tiny sculptured creatures from insect wings, plant roots and an assortment of organic material, while Koji Shiraya's bright white, meditative, porcelain installation is a series of sculpted 35cm ceramic balls, each illustrating the human mind. Other featured artists include Cathy Lewis and Beth Carter. For more information about the venue and other events taking place in London this summer, see LondonTown.com.
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