Take a stroll through central London to experience the public art work of 20th Century Surrealist artist, Eduardo Paolozzi, and dine surrounded by his work in Le Caprice restaurant. This Sunday afternoon walk will build up your appetite in both body and mind and take in some of the places where his work can be seen.
Paolozzi was a well-known figure in central London, and a prolific artist, very much of the mainstream of Western art in his designs, collages, sculptures and paintings. He described his art as Surrealist and used found objects to express this. He had his studio in Chelsea and was a regular diner at Le Caprice restaurant where this guided walk event will culminate with a 2-course lunch at table 17 where his ‘Wood Relief’, a large wooden frieze commissioned by the restaurant in 1987 to surround the intimate alcove for parties of 10, will be our lunch stop.
We begin in the courtyard of the British Library where Paolozzi places a massive sculpture of Isaac Newton, inspired by a William Blake painting, then continue via several sites including the mosaics in Tottenham Court Road underground station, newly restored and repaired. It turns out hat many commissions are no so permanent, and several have vanished from their initial locations, becoming more works of Memory. Your guide will be Tim Ingram-Smith, curator and walker, and contributor to the Museum of Walking.
Tickets are limited and include a 2-course lunch at Le Caprice in St James’ – a regular haunt of Paolozzi and where you will sit surrounded by the his “Wood Relief” frieze. The price of £49.50 includes a 2 hour guided walk and a 2-course lunch at Le Caprice – a regular haunt of Paolozzi himself.
Starting point In the courtyard of the British Library by the Newton statue (nearest tube Kings Cross).
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