BL unveils PEN sculpture

BL unveils PEN sculpture

The British Library is celebrating the 90th anniversary of writers' charity PEN with a permanent sculpture on its piazza by Antony Gormley.

English PEN commissioned the cast-iron sculpture of an empty chair, a symbol the organisation has used for the last 30 years to represent imprisoned writers around the world.

Dame Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library, said: “We are delighted to be chosen as the permanent home for this new work by Antony Gormley, and one that supports such an important organisation. The British Library admires the support that English PEN gives writers all over the world and is pleased to be involved in such a poignant project.”

Gillian Slovo, president of English PEN, said: “It will stand as tribute to, and reminder of, those writers who, because of censorship and tyranny, are not free to go to any library either in their countries or in ours, and at the same time recognises the work of PEN branches throughout the world in service of free expression.”