Dais Contemporary are project managing a new public sculpture commission in association with the City of London. The commission is the first of its kind: An opportunity for a leading emerging artist to produce a large scale sculptural work and exhibit it in a public space in the heart of the city. The sculpture will go on display for a minimum of a year and is due to be unveiled in 2017-2018.
Dais selected seven emerging artists to propose for the commission: Adham Faramawy, Jess Flood-Paddock, Joe Frazer, Jonathan Trayte, Prem Sahib, Soheila Sokhanvari and Steven Morgana. Each of the artists presented to a panel of judges including Iwona Blazwick, Director of Whitechapel Gallery, Lady Madeleine Bessborough, Director of the New Art Centre, Jane Alison, Head of Gallery at the Barbican, Robert Hiscox, Founder of Hiscox Insurance and Wendy Fisher, Board Member of the Public Art Fund.
The winning artist was selected based on their vision for public engagement, the concept behind their proposal, their understanding of materials and health and safety, as well as the artworks longevity; including how the work would weather and how it would be remembered. The selected winning proposal was Adham Faramawy's ‘Wet Work’, which explores the translation of a virtual entity into a physical object and will reflect a fluid, liquid form inspired by a controversial text written by Sartre on slime in the 1940's.
The new commission is part of the Sculpture In the City initiave, which is a unique collaboration between the City of London Corporation (the elected body which looks after the Square Mile global business district around St Paul’s), local businesses and the art world, providing the opportunity to engage new audiences with established and emerging contemporary artists. The project is delivered in partnership with: 30 St Mary Axe, Aon, Aviva, British Land, Brookfield Office Properties, Hiscox, Tower 42, Willis and WRBC Development UK Limited with the additional support of project patrons MTEC and Leadenhall Market.