Sculpture wars focuses on the great debate surrounding statues and monuments, a topic that has recently divided opinion in politics, in the media, and in the country at large.
Created and conducted by qualified guides, David Harry and Frank Molloy, Sculpture wars highlights some of the more contentious sculptures in London’s corridors of power, including those of Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson, and the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
The walk examines the meaning and validity of such memorials in public spaces, as well as discussing their artistic merit, often a subject for debate in itself. It also aims to show how controversy over iconic symbolism is not just a recent phenomenon.
In addition, the walk takes in some of the capital’s most historic buildings such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Harry said: “Some argue that today’s statue wars are a reflection of modern identity politics but in truth, controversy over statues is nothing new. Indeed, battle lines can stretch back centuries.”
Molloy added: “Participants will of course form their own opinions, but whatever your position, we hope to put the debate into some context, and at the very least, offer a fascinating and enjoyable stroll through the heart of London.”
Sculpture wars is a scheduled walk which starts from St James Park London Underground station and finishes in the Strand. The walk’s duration is about two hours.
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Price: £150 for a group
Tour Duration: 2 hours
Child Friendly: No Access Friendly: No
Where does the tour meet? Opposite the Star Pub at St James' Park Tube station
Outside St James' Park Tube station
Where does the tour end? The Strand at Zimbabwe House