Epic adventures along the Northern Line

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Jumping out of the tube at Old Street, our first stop was at Victoria Miro gallery to see Conrad Shawcross’s monumental new show, Inverted Spires and Descendent Folds, in the company of his new baby and bursting-with-pride grandparents.  

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After battling down the City Road past a plethora of new residential tower blocks, we loved our pause in Victoria Miro’s beautiful waterside garden, hung with weeping willows. Curator Paul Franklyn (of Soho Create) and Stella Ioannou (Co-Director of Sculpture in the City) took a moment to catch up amidst Shawcross’s new maquettes in steel and cast bronze.  

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Back down the Northern line to discover Unseen Waterloo at Somerset House, for a re-imagining of this epic battle by photographer Sam Faulkner and curator Patrick Kinmonth.  Unseen Waterloo: the Conflict Revisited is a series of 70 life-size portraits, taken at the annual Waterloo re-enactment in Belgium.

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War-time measures at Somerset House included wrapping the chandeliers in muslin to prevent the glass from shattering, while red walls and curtains provide a theatrical setting for the improvised battle of Waterloo, seen here from all sides: English, German, French, Dutch and Prussian.  Kinmonth sourced the scarlet wool cloth lining the walls from Hainsworth Mill in Yorkshire, which provided the original uniform for the ‘redcoat’ soldiers of 1815.

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