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First look: Richard Wilson's new twist for the LSE

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Artist Richard Wilson has won the go-ahead for this artwork on the corner of the London School of Economics (LSE) new academic building

Called Square the Block, the installation will create a ‘corner that was never there’ on an existing building in Kingsway, in central London.

Approved by Camden Borough Council and backed by the Contemporary Art Society, the sculpture is described as having ‘no architectural and functional sense other than completing the corner’ but will appear ‘to have been twisted and compressed at its base, as if by a giant hand or greater tectonic forces’.

To see the full plans click here

Wilson is well-known for his ‘illusionary’ work with building facades, such as his Turning the Place Over artwork which he created for Liverpool’s European capital of Culture celebration last year (see youtube clip here).

Local conservation groups in Liverpool have tried, without success, to get the rotating, £450,000 sculpture in Moorfields listed (pictured bottom right).

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