Author(s): Simon Phipps
The Post-War period of progressive civic architecture and art gave rise to some of the UK's most important pieces of publically owned artwork. From the Chadwick figures in Roehampton and a bronze Hepworth in Cardiff to the less well-known Cuminsky murals in Skelmersdale and the vivid Schottland shapes in Warwick, these works of art have become familiar companions, backdrops to British lives. Now with the increased interest in the buildings and architects of the Post-War era the time is right to consider the role of sculpture in these Modernist landscapes. There is also an urgency to this photographic survey, as many crucial works have been lost or destroyed. As acclaimed photographer Simon Phipps journeyed around the UK he uncovered forgotten treasures as well as unexplained losses. This is the first photographic survey of Modernist sculpture within the Brutalist context and as a celebration (and lament) for the extraordinary works produced in a period of systemic support and commissioning in the Arts there will be considerable press interest around Simon Phipps and the book at publication.