Its plaza has become home to contemporary art pieces in the open-air exhibition for Sculpture in the City, its doors will be opened to fitness fanatics and novices alike who will be racing up the stairs of the building in aid of the NSPCC, and it will be one of the three buildings abseiled down for City Three Peaks. As one of London’s most iconic buildings, The Gherkin is excited to be part of some of the city’s most cultural and charitable events this September.
Sculpture in the City – available to view now, Ai Weiwei sculpture to launch early September 2015
A dynamic yearly public art exhibition, Sculpture in the City enhances the urban environment with cutting-edge contemporary works from leading artists. Having launched on 9th July and running until May 2016, the exhibition is set amongst London’s iconic architectural landmarks in and around the Square Mile. As part of this initiative, The Gherkin’s plaza is now home to Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki’s miniature figures, modelled after real Londoners. It is also a stones throw away from Damien Hirst’s monumental ‘Charity’ sculpture and in early September will see the installation of contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s impressive bicycle installation – ‘Forever’. This open-air exhibition not only enriches Londoners’ workday experience of City workers but is also an exciting initiative to draw new cultural visitors into the area.
The NSPCC Gherkin Challenge – 6th September
The Gherkin is calling on all City workers to ditch the lifts and escalators to climb its 38 floors to the top, all in the name of charity. Taking place on 6th September, this challenge offers a rare opportunity to venture into The Gherkin to step to the top and admire the stunning panoramic views it has to offer, whilst raising money to support the NSPCC’s work preventing abuse from ruining childhoods.
City Three Peaks – 7th September
The most ambitious charity fundraising event in the City of London’s history will see 40 thrill-seekers abseil down three of the capital’s most iconic buildings in order to raise £4m for The Outward Bound Trust, The Royal Navy and The Royal Marines Charity. Taking place on 7th September 2015, the event will mark the first ever abseil down The Gherkin, alongside descents of The Leadenhall Building (‘The Cheesegrater’) and 20 Fenchurch Street (‘The Walkie Talkie’). The Gherkin alone is three times taller than Niagara Falls and the overall distance covered by participants will be almost equivalent to the height of 142 double-decker buses. In just a few spine-tingling hours, the huge sum of money raised will unlock life-changing experiences for thousands of young people from all walks of life across the country as well as those in the Navy and Marines.