One Canada Square showcases bronze sculptures
Inspiring sculptural works in bronze are filling the lobby at One Canada Square - the first exhibition in Canary Wharf Group's public art programme to feature objects selected from a private collection.
The Ingram Collection is the biggest privately owned, publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art, bringing together works by influential artists, including Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick and Kenneth Armitage.
In the early years of building his collection, media entrepreneur Chris Ingram's focus was on Modern British art that was figurative in nature.
As he bought paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture he developed a story reflecting life through art of the times and works that charted the progression of art from the early years of the 1900s to the '60s.
Ann Elliott, who has been the curator of exhibitions at One Canada Square since 2001, said: "Our temporary exhibitions programme at Canary Wharf has focussed largely on the work of living and mostly British artists.
"It is therefore very timely to look at the work of earlier artists whose progressive, even radical ideas and creativity opened up more possibilities for future generations. It is important to look back in order to look forward."
Ann works closely with artists to select work to be exhibited in the lobby and feels art in the work place is important for busy Wharfers to "see something a little different from time to time and helps to refresh, inform and give pleasure".
Ann said: "Modern British art, which is the focus of Chris Ingram's collection, is a true reflection of the times in which these sculptures were made.
"The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw far-reaching changes in the artistic and wider cultural life in Britain.
"Artists' response to industrial, scientific, political and social change and crucial events such as the First and Second World Wars gave rise to immense creativity.
"The lobby is such a great space - the works of art go with the flow of the strong architecture.
"You use a different part of your brain when viewing art and I hope we have provided some lovely things for people to look at while waiting for appointments.
"Bronze is an amazing material to work with, it varies in colour, it's mouldable, can have many different textures and it endures for many millennia.
"Within the Ingram Collection it is possible to see British Modernism at its most creative and influential."
Until Nov 15. Curator Ann Elliott is giving free tours on October 15, 6.30-7.15pm, with sculptor Sean Henry. Email email@example.com to reserve a place.