The Sculpture ‘Marmite’ Question:

What do you love?

Janet Echelman, 1.8 London
Janet Echelman, 1.8 London, Lumière London 2016 photo: Leonie Summers.

What do you hate?

Anish Kapoor the ArcelorMittal Orbit
Designed by Sir Anish Kapoor, engineered by Cecil Balmond, The ArcelorMittal Orbit, 2012, recycled steel, h. 114.5cm., Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, photo: courtesy of The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association.

Liliane Lijn replies:

My choice for the worst sculpture is Anish Kapoor’s Mittal Tower, although Richard Wilson’s huge sculpture at Heathrow Terminal 2 comes a very close second worst. If you ask me why I would simply say that neither work has a sense of scale. They are huge cumbersome inflated works.

Best is much more difficult. I love Alexander Calder’s public works, but I am not sure there are any in the UK. I love the Calder in the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid. I also love the public sculptures of Janet Echelman. She suspended a net sculpture over Oxford Circus during the Festival of Light. I like her works because they are luminous, shape shifting, impermanent and almost immaterial.