'Emergence' proposal by David Breuer-Weil | Hanover Square, London

18 April 2012

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(Above: Artist's projection)

David Breuer-Weil (b.1965)
Conceived in 2011 (cast in 2012)
cast bronze with green/brown patina
edition of 3 plus 1 Artist's Proof
Installed dimensions 190 x 160 x 485cm
(Fig 1: 190 x 160 x 110cm; Fig 2:140 x 135 x 70cm; Fig 3:75 x 95 x 45cm; Fig 4:25 x 40 x 50cm)

Throughout the summer of 2012 David Breuer-Weil's monumental work Emergence will be installed into Hanover Square. The bronze sculptures are exhibited in the park as part of 'City of Sculpture', the City of Westminster's programme of temporary sculptural installations.

Breuer-Weil's work frequently explores ideas of humanity, history and existence. He is primarily famed for his monumental solo shows of vast painted canvases referred to as the Projects. 'The Project' was held in 2001 at the Camden Roundhouse; 'Project 2' was held at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower in 2003; 'Project 3' was then held in conjunction with the Ben Uri Gallery in 2007. He is currently finalising plans for 'Project 4'. However in recent years Breuer-Weil has returned to sculpture, the medium he originally trained in, to re-explore the notions of life and transience that had occupied his canvases. A couple of his other giant sculptures: Visitor and Visitor 2 were included in Sotheby's 2010 & 2011 'Beyond Limits' exhibitions at Chatsworth House.

This four-part bronze shows a figure emerging from under the ground. The figure is deliberately sculpted in a craggy manner to resemble rough rock, suggesting the origins of Adam from the earth. The juxtaposition of the rough and smooth surfaces that compose the figure alludes to the sculpting process that we go through as humans in out evolution: whether in this life or the next. Across the body there are marks, drawings and scribblings that attest to the scars and lessons that are received and learnt throughout life.

Production shot

(Above: Emergence in production at the foundry)

For Breuer-Weil the central London location for Emergence provides the work with the perfect context: "Hanover Square is a place of daily (usually lunchtime) refuge for hundreds of people working in Central London, and I used to escape there often during the tension of a working day to steal a few moments of thought. The square, which is three hundred years old, is therefore ideal as a place to install a work of sculpture that deals with timeless themes of humanity, in this case the emergence of mankind from its origins. Its place in Hanover Square, famous for Vogue House, is particularly pertinent. The monumental bronze Emergence, unlike the vagaries of fashion, is about timeless, even primeval themes of birth, evolution and the origins of man. The sculpture is in marked contrast to the ephemeral aspects of working life in London, reminding the viewer of something more basic and timeless."

David Breuer-Weil was born in London in 1965 and continues to live and work in North London. After studying at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and Clare College, Cambridge University he was awarded a bursary at Sotheby's where he stayed until 1997 having filled roles in many of the departments. He refers to Sotheby's as "the greatest art school in the world", and there is little doubt that the years he spent in direct physical contact with works by the masters of the past enhanced his knowledge of both technique and his own artistic direction.