Today I saw Adagio without the scaffolding. The contractors have unfortunately left four pieces of masking tape above the sculpture, and have not yet filled the hole left by the clock. However we can now get a feel for the final effect – and I think it’s marvellous. She fits in better than I had hoped, and the contrast with the grey wall (as opposed to the cream background in the Phil) works very well. Here are a couple of pictures:
One benefit which I had not anticipated is that, because you can now stand closer than when you used to view her from the auditorium, some of the finer detail which Marianne Forrest employed is more clearly visible. For instance the mottled brown/black on the central circle and the gold/red mottling on the horizontal “wave” piece are now clearly to be seen.
If you want to see for yourself, just ask at the entrance desk to be admitted and make your way to the first floor Reading Room.