Exhibition

First Plinth Award on the Sculpture Terrace

30 Mar 2020 – 13 Jun 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
11:00 – 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 – 17:00
Thursday
11:00 – 17:00
Friday
11:00 – 17:00
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Special hours

16-May-2020
12:00 – 17:00
23-May-2020
12:00 – 17:00
30-May-2020
12:00 – 17:00
06-Jun-2020
12:00 – 17:00
13-Jun-2020
12:00 – 17:00

Royal Society of Sculptors

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • C1 and 430
  • South Kensington and Gloucester Road

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The Royal Society of Sculptors' sculpture terrace will feature new work by the 2019 First Plinth: Public Art Award winner, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori.

About

First Plinth: Public Art Award (formerly FIRST@108: Public Art Award) is designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The winning sculptor is awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large-scale sculpture which will be exhibited on the Royal Society of Sculptors' sculpture terrace before moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the summer months.

The sculpture terrace will feature new work by the 2019 winner, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, examining how digital technology and online communication are affecting the way we view the world and relate to one another.

Language, in the form of search keywords, has become a commodity with a financial value. Online personalised search and customer tailored algorithms are designed to predict our consumer preferences but ultimately result in us existing n a state of intellectual isolation. This filter bubble is seen as largely responsible for the increasing sense of polarisation in our online and offline interactions. By uniting and dividing individuals, it is redefining the very idea of democracy.

The Cost of Your Words is a bold digital sculpture which will display the current cost of keywords, making a statement from the unexpected associations of words and their relevance in today's society. 

This award is generously supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation.

Listen to Fabio sharing his hopes for his new artwork, The Cost of Your Words on the Royal Society of Sculptors' Vimeo channel.

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