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michael landy, saints alive, national gallery
Michael Landy

Far removed from The Last Supper and over heavenly portraits of the divine, Saints Alive is an exhibition that showcases these religious figures in a brand new way. In an exhibition at the National Gallery, artist, Michael Landy has revived Saints Apollonia, Catherine, Francis, Jerome, and Thomas from their two-dimensional canvas and reinvigorated them in a three-dimensional moving landscape.

Landy assembled his large-scale sculptures out of recycled cogs, wheels, machinery, and other bits and bops that he found at car boot sales and flea markets. While the finished product is grand in appearance as you watch the seven giants swivelling round like overseers, the menial objects used to construct them fit in with the saintly ideal of a simple life.

The exhibition runs until the 24th November, and includes an interactive trail which is fun for children and adults alike. Search the National Gallery for the Renaissance paintings that influenced Landy's work. You will also get to learn about all the individual saints.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 24th Nov
Phone: 44 (0)20 7747 2885
Where: National Gallery
Cost: Free
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