Lynn Chadwick steel beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to stumble across these fantastic sculptures which were on display at the Royal Academy, off Piccadilly in central London.

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

The four pieces by┬áLynn Chadwick RA (1914 – 2003) had been installed in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, as part of celebrations to make the centenary of his birth.

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

The installation had been organised in collaboration with Blain Southern gallery, and featured four works from his series of steel beasts that were made between 1989-1990.

They look like giant metal origami pieces, and made a striking contrast to the formal surroundings of the courtyard.

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

The Royal Academy site has more about the artist:

One of the leading British sculptors of the 20th century, Lynn Chadwick was one of a group of young British sculptors that wowed the art world at the 1952 Venice Biennale with their departure from traditional materials and techniques. Chadwick went on to win the International Prize for Sculpture at the 1956 Biennale.

His sculpture features in major international public collections, and he became a senior Royal Academician in 2001.

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

It turned out that yesterday was the last chance to see these sculptures – if you missed it hopefully these photos will give you some idea of the work. I loved it!

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014

Lynn Chadwick Steel Beasts sculptures at the Royal Academy courtyard, Piccadilly, London, May 2014