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29 Jun, 2007 23:04

Russian sculpture on show in London Park

A joint exhibition of Russian and English sculpture has opened in Queen Mary’s Garden – a part of London's Regent’s Park – celebrating its 75th anniversary next month.

Russian Unus Safardiar and Briton Sean Henry have united to bring their sculptures to the public. The project is backed by wealthy businessman Evgeny Erofeev, who has a large collection of Russian art. 

Sean Henry's works are made using a rare technique: he creates bronze sculptures and then paints them to resemble people in everyday life.

Henry says he's not exactly sure what  “The Gate of Multiplicity” – that's the name of display – means.  It comes from his partner, who was the first person to exhibit a contemporary art sculpture in the park. 

“Western art tends to create in terms of originality, while Russian art strives for perfection. I try to find originality in perfection,” Unus Safardiar says.

The sculptor graduated from the Russian Academy of Art, and 14 years ago left Russia for London. His art pieces are now in the hands of private collectors such as former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. However, he is almost unknown in Russia. 

Unus plans to bring his latest work to Moscow, but first he has to finish the sculpture before Queen Elizabeth's visit. Next month Her Majesty will arrive to personally check what's going on in one of her royal parks.

The exhibition will last until the November 27.