Six two metre tall stone angel heads by British sculptor Emily Young are presently keeping watch over Berkeley Square Mayfair. Emily Young, widely regarded as one of the finest living carvers working today, has created this series of sculptures from ancient, complex, volcanic stone.
Another of her angels can be found in Kew Gardens, and there are earlier exhibitions in Salisbury Cathedral http://www.salisburycathedral.co.uk/special.events.php?id=30, and St Paul’s churchyard. She also writes extensively about the process of creating her sculptures and what they mean to her.
“Sometimes I’ll polish a piece of stone and it’ll gradually show a semblance of water, or the night sky, or flames, or honeycomb, or feathers, or snakeskin, or clouds, or melting ice cream and I am delighted and surprised, charmed.” Emily Young 2003
“So these old stones, that tell us the story of the Earth, the studies of which pushed away the confines of superstition and ignorance, these old stones will outlive us, and remain like the ruins of a lost civilisation. In case technology doesn’t sort the problems, and we don’t all make it through to a happy future, these stone carvings will lie waiting to be read in some future-scape of strangeness, and be a memento of us, and a memorial to us.” Emily Young 2007
However you feel about the metaphysical or theological nature of her work, they are simply beautiful a combination of modern and ancient, projecting an air of serenity. Go and visit! – this exhibition of her work will be in place until April 25th.