Giants have invaded Mayfair! Bursting out of the first floor windows, the giant’s legs drop down into Sackville Street while, through the ground floor windows, you can see his head and shoulders; hopefully his acrobatics have not damaged the historic Robert Adam ceiling in the first floor.
No 29 Sackville Street in Mayfair was built for the barrister William East in 1732, as part of the westwards expansion of London in the 18th century. Altered in the 19th century, the main historic architectural feature is the 1770 ceiling designed by the architect Robert Adam on the first floor, albeit it has lost some of its detail due to fire damage last century.
The giant springing out into Sackville Street has come to announce the arrival of London’s newest gallery, Lazinc, the relocation of Lazarides’ gallery from an old 18th century gin palace in Rathbone Place off New Oxford Street to larger and more spacious galleries here in Mayfair, celebrating the new partnership between Steve Lazarides and Wissam Al Mana with the inaugural exhibition ‘GIANTS – Body of Work’ by the French street artist JR showing preliminary drawings and model for more giants from world of sport, which were JR’s huge sculptural installations at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It is also good news is that it is reported that the old space in Rathbone Place will remain in use as a gallery rather than be converted to a coffee shop as happened to the adjacent Rook and Raven gallery when it left.