Somerset House, a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London.
The lastest exhibition; Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Head sculptures, will be on display in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court till 26 June 2011, the first contemporary sculpture to be featured there.
The twelve 363kg (800lb) bronze sculptures representing the 12 signs of the zodiac make a surreal spectacle viewed through the dancing fountains in the courtyard and lend an air of oriental mystery
The artist responsible, Ai Weiwei, detained by Chinese authorities on 3 April, his wellbeing and whereabouts still unknown.
The Courtauld Gallery is housed in one corner of the complex off Strand.
During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on one of London’s many ice rinks.
The 18th century courtyard, is home to London’s Fashion Week.
Somerset House also hosts contemporary art and design exhibitions, free displays, Free Family Workshops and Free Guided Tours.
The nearest mainline rail stations are:
Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.
The nearest underground stations are:
Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
Buses servicing the Strand include numbers 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy piers.
Pedestrian access to Somerset House is available from Victoria Embankment, Waterloo Bridge (via a new footbridge link) or from the Strand.