Nailed it

The Giant Nail Gavin Turk

Friend: Where shall we meet?

Me: Next to the giant nail.

Friend: What giant nail?

And thus we can see how a piece of art can be hidden in plain sight. Gavin Turk’s ‘Nail’ is near One New Change in the centre of London, and as you can guess from the name, it is a giant rusty nail which punctures the concrete. It contrasts with the modern building behind, but it somehow is the only sculpture I could imagine in those surroundings.

Unusually for public art, is is there to be enjoyed by those who want to look,  but does not force itself on the unsuspecting (as evidenced by the conversation above). For something that is 12 meters high, it is really hard to spot.

Best of all, I find it funny. A sculpture that has a sense of fun will always get my vote.