City Crit: Royal Parks public art with Mike Althorpe

Join Mike Althorpe for a tour exploring controversial and monumental public art within the Royal Parks of the West End


02:00pm, Saturday, 6 April 2019


04:30pm, Saturday, 6 April 2019

Tour Guide

Mike Althorpe


Tickets: £15 Standard // AF Members 20% Discount with code

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Start: Marble Arch, London, W1H 7EJ

Getting There: Marble Arch underground station

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Architectural historian, researcher and urban explorer Mike Althorpe will lead a walk critiquing the many prominent public artworks set in parkland between Marble Arch and The Mall. The route will head along Park Lane, through Hyde Park and into Green Park to explore the city's mighty and discreet monuments to memory and sacrifice including landmark works by John Nash, Carmody Groarke, Liam O'Connor and ‎John Hardwick-Smith.

The tour is the second in a new series revisiting the passions stirred in the AF’s 2017 ‘What’s That Thing?’ debate with The Spectator on the state of contemporary British public art. Starting at Marble Arch and finishing on The Mall, it will chart abstract landscapes, romantic forms and neoclassical temples to reveal the art and sculpture of official state storytelling and episodes in national remembrance.

Tour Guide:

Mike Althorpe – an urban historian, events producer, educator and research and development manager at Karakusevic Carson Architects. Graduating from Kingston University with a BA in Fine Art, he completed an MA at the University of Westminster on London’s architectural and spatial development and for the past 18 years has produced a range of built environment publications, exhibitions and outreach projects working with CABE, Building Futures, the London Festival of Architecture and was public programmes manager of the RIBA between 2011 and 2015.