Hitchin’s Lee Simmons creates massive sculpture in London’s West End

PUBLISHED: 10:27 28 September 2018

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

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An artist from Hitchin is behind a massive stainless steel sculpture that has been installed in London’s West End this month.

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee SimmonsQuadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

Lee Simmons, who lives and works in Hitchin, is behind the 15m-high sculpture Quadrilinear in the capital’s Wigmore Street.

The Royal College of Art graduate, who went to Stevenage’s John Henry Newman School, is also set to install a permanent piece of public art at the London Palladium next month.

Lee told the Comet he enjoyed working in Hitchin as it was away from the hustle and bustle of London, where his work is predominantly situated, and offered a different sense of space.

He said Quadrilinear was commissioned by the Howard de Walden Estates, and was “borne out of questioning the historical conventions of how art and architecture can coexist in a sybiotic way that pays reference to this ancient relationship”.

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee SimmonsQuadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

Quadrilinear, he said, reflected the local topography of Marylebone from the last 400 years in a linear collaged map in the context of five curved and overlapping layers of steel.

Lee’s next work, next to the Palladium stage door in Great Marlborough Street, is set to be unveiled at the end of October.

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee SimmonsQuadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

Quadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee SimmonsQuadrilinear, the stainless steel sculpture created by Hitchin artist Lee Simmons and installed in London's Wigmore Street. Picture: Lee Simmons

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