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Land Securities unveils huge 'mimicking' statue

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Land Securities has unveiled this 6m-high statue to celebrate the letting of its 123 Bankside development on London's South Bank.

The animatronic sculpture on Sumner Street, by art collective Greyworld, is called Monument to the Unknown Artist.

At first glance it appears a simple bronze sculpture, but the hulking statue can, according to its creators, 'mimic any pose struck by passers-by, inviting them to influence its shape and movement'.

Mike Hussey, managing director of Land Securities’ London portfolio, explains: '123 Bankside has been a very important development in redefining this part of the South Bank.

'Our aim has been to consider the heritage, culture and present needs of the Southwark community and ensure that we work closely with them to deliver more than just the buildings themselves.'

Hussey added: 'Following the successful introduction of Ian Davenport’s Poured Lines last year, we expect to see Monument to the Unknown Artist become a valuable addition to an area that is such a core part of London’s cultural history and identity.'

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