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Turk sculpture opens doors

Francis Horner, co-founder of the National Children's Home charity, in front of the original 1869 front door of No 8 Church Street. The door served as inspiration for Gavin Turk’s ‘Ajar’ at The Loxfords. Photo: Action for Children

A new sculpture by the artist Gavin Turk, of YBA notoriety, is on display in the public gardens of The Loxfords development in Inslington, London. The life-sized, bronze-cast doorway, simply titled Ajar, is cast from the original doorway of Loxford House; the 19th-century Regency-style mansion that was among the first children’s homes in London, and was the headquarters of the of the Action for Children charity. Commissioned by the developer Mount Avil, the sculpture directly references Rene Magritte’s painting La Victoire , 1939, but Turk sees more than just art history behind this homage: “Far beyond just a painted bronze door, Ajar is designed to be a surreal gateway and a spiritual journey through the imagination,” the artist says. “Never open or shut, familiar and yet iconic, the piece reflects a historic place of safety and youthfulness whilst representing a doorway to new life.” The official unveiling takes place on Saturday 25 May, where close to 300 local schoolchildren are expected to participate in a day of theatrical and creative events.

Magritte’s La Victoire , 1939
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