Something a bit weird will appear over the footbridge above Wormwood Street near Liverpool Street station in London this coming Monday: a replica of a traditional Korean home, including a surrounding bamboo garden — and all thanks to a law firm.
With the backing of Simmons & Simmons, a key part of this year’s Art Night with Sculpture in the City is a replica of a slice of Korea.
It will be installed on to the bridge as if it had fallen from the sky. But rest assured no-one was harmed by this “accident”. Instead the work Bridging Home, London has been contrived by Korean artist Do Ho Suh, an occasional London resident, as a response to the migrant history of the City and the East End.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Art Night and Sculpture in the City on this,” says Jon Sharples, an intellectual property lawyer and chairman of Simmons & Simmons’ art network.
“As a leading international law firm that draws on talent and services clients from all around the world,” said Mr Sharples, “we are very keen to explore the notions of home and what it means to belong in a global hub like London, all as part of celebrating, promoting and nurturing diversity within the firm. This is thought-provoking and poetic public art that is impossible to ignore.”