London Art@Site Christopher Le Brun The City Wing

Christopher Le Brun


The City Wing

Old Broad Street
Suddenly a giant wing sticks out of the street. You see: you need to be prepared for the unexpected. A wing can't be without the other wing; this will soon come along! And then, the unthinkable becomes reality; we fly whereto we want. And now comes what this artwork will invoke: image now already where you want to be. Because, as the wings will appear you will have no time left for consideration. It seems to me also wonderful to know now already where we like to be.
By Theo,

Plotseling steekt er een reusachtige vleugel uit de straat. Je ziet het: je moet altijd rekening houden met het onverwachte. Een vleugel kan niet zonder een andere vleugel; deze zal zich snel aandienen! En dan wordt het ondenkbare werkelijkheid; wij vliegen waarheen we willen. En nu komt het wat dit kunstwerk wil ingeven: bedenk nu alvast waar je wilt zijn. Want als de vleugels verschijnen heb je geen tijd meer voor wikken en wegen. Het lijkt mij ook fantastisch om nu alvast te weten waar wij willen zijn.
Door Theo,
Sir Christopher Mark Le Brun PPRA (born 1951) is a British artist, known primarily as a painter. President of the Royal Academy of Arts from 2011 to December 2019, Le Brun was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours "for services to the arts".
City Wing, 2009–13, 1,050 x 325 x 60 cm, bronze. A monumental sculpture was installed on Threadneedle Walk in Bank, London in 2013.
On consistent terms which Le Brun has made uniquely his own, he has created a considerable body of work in large or quite small paintings, with drawings and many engravings of inventive refinement which, put all together, makes a visible and credible world of its own. An intensity of visual concept in its broad sense sustains an oddly relaxed, divergent and exploratory tension derived from the calculated and extremely variable deployment of each brushmark in its placement on the canvas. He offers us a feast for the eye demanded by Delacroix as the first requisite of any painting before it has meaning. Some of the ways in which Le Brun deploys pigment appear to stem from early Guston and, before that, from the late Monet that we encounter in the Musee Marmotton – but the world celebrated by Le Brun in this use of paint stems in essence from the romantic past of poetry, myth and legend.
Londoners walk past the sculpture entitled City Wing on Threadneedle Street in the City of London, the capital's financial district, on 24th July 2018, in London, England. City Wing is by the artist Christopher Le Brun. The ten-metre-tall bronze sculpture is by President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Christopher Le Brun.