For the latest advice about COVID-19, how services are affected and how the council is responding, visit our Coronavirus pages.

'Slithery Ways' sculpture installed in Soho Square as part of City of Sculpture Programme

Thu, 14/07/2016

Westminster City Council is delighted to announce that installation is now complete at Soho Square for the sculpture 'Slithery Ways'. The piece was created by Dutch sculptor Pieter Obels, and is the latest addition to Westminster’s City of Sculpture Programme. To date the City of Sculpture programme has benefited from the involvement of more than 15 galleries, as well as a number of individual artists, spanning 20 sites across Westminster.

'Slithery Ways' uses Corten steel as the primary medium, and its heavy, rigid and industrial nature reacts with the natural surroundings to create a dramatic contrast against Westminster’s architecture. Indeed, the sculpture continually appears to change depending on the viewer’s angle of perspective.

Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL (Deputy Leader, and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment) said: “I am delighted to see the successful installation of 'Slithery Ways' by Dutch sculptor, Pieter Obels, in Soho Square as the latest imaginative addition to our City of Sculpture programme. Through the City of Sculpture initiative, Westminster City Council is transforming our great city into a giant open air gallery for our residents and visitors to enjoy and contemplate. By providing an opportunity for people to interact with public art at iconic locations across London, we can increase visitor numbers, grow our local economy, and inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.”

Pieter Obels (Sculptor of 'Slithery Ways') said: “It is an incredible privilege to show in Soho Square. My thanks go to Westminster City Council who have championed my work, and provided me with an opportunity to display my work in such a wonderful space."

Pieter Obels currently lives and works in Tilburg, the Netherlands. His sculptures have featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions such as the Solo Project at Basel Art Fair, Switzerland (2015), the Swiss Triennial Festival of Sculpture (2015), and the Gunzburg Sculpture Park, Germany (2013).

Last updated: 19 July 2016