London Art@Site Anthony Caro HSBC Gates

Anthony Caro


HSBC Gates

Millennium Bridge, north side
These unusual sculptures by Anthony Caro assisted by Gavin Morris stand on the orth side of the Millennium Bridge. The design of both pairs is related. They consist of a rectangular steel tunnel with a narrow and a wide end, surmounted by a narrower rectangular tunnel. The larger internal space at the bottom, opens into the narrower space above. They are made from shot-blasted stainless steel.
These gates were designed as part of the approach to the Millennium Bridge. There are two pairs of gates, each consisting of a rectangular steel tunnel with a narrow and a wide end, topped by a narrower rectangular tunnel.
Caro collaborated with celebrated architects, notably Frank Gehry, with whom he constructed a wooden village in New York in 1987. With Norman Foster and the engineer Chris Wise, he designed the London Millennium Footbridge spanning the Thames between St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tate Modern.
Caro first achieved widespread recognition in the early 1960s. He abandoned his earlier, figurative way of working which involved modelling in clay and casting in bronze, and began to make purely abstract works: sculpture constructed and welded in steel, comprising beams, girders and other found elements painted in bright colours. Such works caused a sensation, provoking a response from some critics that these constructions were not sculpture at all.
Nevertheless, Caro's innovations heralded a revolution in art. Within a short period, conventional ideas about materials, surface, scale, form and space were overturned by his radical reworking of all these elements. Foremost was Caro's insistence on the immediate, real, physical presence of the sculpture - placed directly on the ground - a principle which became widely imitated and subsequently becoming a touchstone for contemporary sculpture.
Sir Anthony Alfred Caro OM CBE (8 March 1924 – 23 October 2013) was an English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblages of metal using 'found' industrial objects. He began as a member of the modernist school, having worked with Henry Moore early in his career. He was lauded as the greatest British sculptor of his generation.