Fin sculpture situated opposite The Connaught.

Alex Israel

03 July 2024

Alex Israel at The Connaught

Riding summer’s wave, a striking new installation by Alex Israel has taken up residence outside The Connaught. In a pop of plexiglass colour, ‘Watermelon Sugar’ is part of the American contemporary artist’s ‘Fins’ (2023) series. Its arrival on Carlos Place marks a UK debut for the work, to coincide with Israel’s new exhibition, REMEMBR (2023), at Gagosian’s Davies Street gallery.

This meticulously crafted piece is inspired by the rich visual cues of Los Angeles, and the fins that grace the bottom of California’s iconic surfboards. Here, it stands in playful contrast to The Connaught’s elegant façade, sparking a new conversation about art, craft and culture.

‘Watermelon Sugar’ will be in situ at The Connaught, for all to enjoy, until 14 August 2024.

Artist Alex Israel standing outside his fin sculpture situated opposite The Connaught, eating an ice cream.
Fin sculpture situated opposite The Connaught.
Ice Cream held in front of the hotel facade inspired by the fin sculpture situated opposite The Connaught.


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