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List of public art in the City of Westminster

There are more than 400 public artworks in the City of Westminster, a borough in central London. The borough has more public sculpture than any other area of London.[1] This reflects its central location containing most of the West End, the political centres of Westminster and Whitehall and three of the Royal Parks (Green Park, Hyde Park and St James's Park, with parts also of Regent's Park and Kensington Gardens). Many of the most notable sites for commemoration in London are to be found in the City of Westminster, including Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and the Victoria Embankment. Other monuments of note in the borough include the Albert Memorial and the Victoria Memorial. After World War I many memorials to that conflict were raised in the area, the most significant being the Grade I-listed Cenotaph in Whitehall. So great is the number of monuments in the borough that Westminster City Council has deemed an area stretching from Whitehall to St James's to be a "monument saturation zone", where the addition of new memorials is generally discouraged. The same restriction applies in Royal Parks within the borough.[2]

Lists of public art by district

Temporary artworks

The City of Westminster hosts several temporary displays of sculpture. The most prominent of these is at the Fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, which has shown works by contemporary artists on rotation since 1999. Temporary outdoor displays of sculpture can also be seen at the Royal Academy and the Chelsea College of Arts. In 2010 Westminster City Council inaugurated the City of Sculpture project, which has seen contemporary sculpture installed in locations across the borough.[3]


  1. ^ Ward-Jackson, Philip (2011), Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1, Public Sculpture of Britain, 14, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. xix, ISBN 978-1-84631-691-3
  2. ^ Westminster City Council, Statues and Monuments in Westminster: Guidance for the Erection of New Monuments Supplementary Planning Document (PDF), pp. 21 and 23, archived from the original (PDF) on 5 October 2013, retrieved 8 February 2014
  3. ^ City of Sculpture, City of Westminster, archived from the original on 5 October 2013, retrieved 31 August 2014

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