For 2018, we might add that it all began with women. The SITC team achieved 50/50 gender parity for the first time this year across their installation of 18 works in this urban sculpture park. The push was supported by Women: Work and Power – not a Marvel comic, but a new initiative from the City of London celebrating the anniversary of women getting the vote 100 years ago. Stella feels that working with women artists has brought something new to the programme – in particular to SITC’s new commissions, which are constructed from lightweight, transparent and apparently fragile materials such as fabric, Perspex and string.
Standing beneath the first new commission – ‘A Worldwide Web of Somewheres’ by Amanda Lwin, suspended from the roof of fourteenth century Leadenhall Market – we are all captivated. As one of our group exclaims, “it completely undermines what you normally think of as public sculpture. It’s really magical.” Resembling a tangled pile of fishing nets made from rope and string, this 12-metre long assemblage was handknitted by Lwin in her studio over a week before she tied it herself from the market’s cast-iron ceiling. Referencing London’s history as a maritime trading port, these ‘nets’ made from rope and string also describe the map of the worldwide web silently powering the City.