Perceval by Sarah Lucas

A slice of British culture

Perceval is a bronze sculpture of a shire horse. At 2.3 meters tall by 4 meters long, it is life-size. The horse leads a cart containing giant marrows, cast in cement to contrast with the finish of the painted bronze.

Previously exhibited in New York, Perceval is Sarah’s only piece of public art. At once an homage to British culture, the piece is a replica of an ornament that adorns many mantelpieces in the UK. It demonstrates Lucas's propensity to re-examine everyday objects in unusual contexts.

 

A home in the park

Perceval lives, appropriately for a horse, outside in Aspire Park – the biggest park in Qatar, covering an area of eighty-eight hectares. It is a great spot for picnics and family outings, with beautiful fountains, playgrounds, and the only lake in Qatar.

This juxtaposition of subject and place is striking. It captivates the attention of adults and children alike, and asks them to reflect on a way of life that’s very different from modern Qatar’s.

A trailblazer

Sarah was born in Holloway, London, in 1962. Her works frequently employ visual puns and bawdy humour, and include photography, collage and found objects. She is part of a collective known as the Young British Artists, noted for their shock tactics, use of throwaway materials,  and their anti-establishment and entrepreneurial attitudes. They achieved considerable media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s.

Public art is really for everybody. It’s not necessarily for an ‘art going’ public. I think Perceval addresses this. For the general public, he’s an object of great affection; he’s really likeable
Sarah Lucas

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