Both the Sculptures in the Courtyard form part of this year’s Summer Exhibition.
Coloring Book, by Jeff Koons Hon RA
Made from high chromium stainless steel with a transparent color coating, this work stands at 5.6 metres tall. It is placed on a corian clad base.
This work is part of the ambitious series of work, Celebration, which also includes the works Balloon Dog and Cracked Egg. Based on a drawing in which Koons used marker pens to make broad, bright blotches of colour on a black and white line (Disney) colouring book cartoon of Piglet from Winnie the Pooh. The original drawing ostentatiously did not stay within the lines of the figure, and the sculpture abstracts the form still further, leaving only bright colour and scribbled gestures in a cheerful composition.
Jeff Koons was elected an Honorary Member in 2010.
Rainbow Division Memorial, by James Butler RA
Cast in Bronze, this work is 10ft high.
Commissioned by the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation, this work will eventually be placed on the site of a battle that took place on July 26, 1918, in the vicinity of Fère-en-Tardenois, during the Aisne Marne offensive.
There, one regiment of the 42nd “Rainbow” Division, the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment, commanded by Colonel William Preston Screws of Montgomery, overran German positions in and around the fortified Croix Rouge farm in two gallant attacks, at the cost of 162 dead, including three Lieutenants and two Captains, that forced hasty enemy withdrawal, contributing immeasurably to the liberation of the Château-Thierry salient.