“Flight” by David Breuer-Weil was unveiled today, 31 May 2018, at Marble Arch in conjunction with Christie’s Private Sales.
The latest monumental sculpture to be added to the area around the Marble Arch is part of Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture.
“Flight” is a memerising sculpture depicting a man taking to the skies. Unlike most bronze sculptures which often represent weight and place, “Flight” was designed to represent weightlessness and freedom. The piece suggests a society in which nobody is bound to one particular place.
David Breuer-Weil gained inspiration for the sculpture through travelling, stating, “I fly all the time and produce a large number of my drawings and small paintings when in flight. Flying frees the mind. Human aspiration and ambition has always been represented by the idea of flying. But it is also about human and artistic freedom, the possible flights of the imagination where anything is possible.”
While in flight, Breuer-Weil also comments that the sculpture represents being bound to one’s family and past, just as the artist is to his, remarking that the piece is “intimately connected with my Jewish upbringing”. He said: “Many of my sculptures, paintings and drawings have images of people attached to one another with straps or chords. These express either familial relationships or make visible the usually invisible connections that exist between people and situations.
“I lay tefillin every day and it gives me an inexpressible sense of connection and comfort. My new piece is very strongly influenced by that daily event. In the sculpture the figure is connected to the earth and to his past through these vast umbilical chords. These allow him to soar into the sky.”
City of Sculpture gives residents and visitors the opportunity to access public art in the streets and spaces around them and is made possible by the council working with private and public galleries to commission and donate public art pieces across Westminster.
The City of Sculpture space at Marble Arch has exhibited temporary art works since the inception of the public arts programme in 2010. Marble Arch has been the site of various temporary pieces for Westminster City Council’s City of Sculpture programme:
- Jelly Baby Family by Mauro Perucchetti in 2010
- Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan by Dashi Namdakov in 2012
- She Guardian by Dashi Namdakov in 2015
- Brothers by David Breuer-Weil in 2016
- Danse Gwenedour by Bushra Fakhoury in 2017
Marble Arch is also home to the permanent sculpture ‘Still Water’ by Nic Fiddian-Green, which has been at the Arch since 2010 when it replaced a previous, but smaller version temporarily installed on this site titled “Horse at Water”. “Still Water” is the largest freestanding bronze sculpture in London at 33 ft high.