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The Barbican Muse

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Type  Sculpture
Dimensions  6.1 m (20 ft)
Location  London, United Kingdom
Opened  1994
Owner  Dick Enthoven
Medium  Gilded fibreglass
Condition  Good
Artist  Matthew Spender
Created  1994
Year  1994
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Subject  Woman with tragedy and comedy masks
Similar  Big 4, Statue of James Outram - L, John F Kennedy Memorial, London Troops War Memorial, Queen Eleanor Memorial

The Barbican Muse is a sculpture of a woman, holding tragedy and comedy masks, by Matthew Spender, and was installed on a wall near the Silk Street entrance to the Barbican Centre in the City of London, England, in 1994.

The 20 feet (6.1 m) long illuminated sculpture called Muse was cast in fibreglass and then gilded. It was commissioned, in 1993, by architect Theo Crosby to 'float, glow and point the way' to visitors arriving at the centre on the walkway from Moorgate Station.

As part of the 1993–1994 refurbishment, Crosby also commissioned nine gilded fibreglass muses by British sculptor Sir Bernard Sindall, but these were removed in April 1997, and sold to Dick Enthoven in 1998.


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