In an old box that was under the stairs, I found this magazine. I didn't know much about it except that it had an interesting cover and contained information relevant to my interests. I love post war public art and sculpture and I almost cried when I finally found the Hamtun Street Mural in Southampton so I check the PMSA before I go anywhere to see if there is anything nearby where I am.
Having no idea where this magazine had come from I had a look further into Studio and found THIS.
I was very interested in the piece about the LCC Patronage of the Arts scheme.
'The scheme was launched in 1956, with an annual budget of £20,000 identified to either commission or purchase works of art to be sited on housing estates, educational facilities and other public spaces. Advice was sought from the Arts Council and over the period of the scheme 50 or more works of art were installed before the demise of the LCC in 1965.'
I especially liked The Neighbours by Siegfried Charoux. British Listed Buildings mentions,
'Figurative sculpture. Commissioned 1957, unveiled 1959. Siegfried Charoux, sculpture, for the London County Council on the recommendation of the Arts Council. Cemented iron, four feet high. Two figures, realistically portrayed yet demonstrating an idealism of 'working man'. A strong and humane representation that well suits its setting, and demonstrating the range of the LCC's patronage.'
Is it still there? Yes! and was conserved in 2009. Look HERE to see the conservation process.
Even better is this beauty! The Pied Piper by Willi Soukop. There is a lovely old film from British Pathe HERE showing the unveiling of the mural. This then led me to finding out if it was also still there. It is! Although now not in its original place. It was removed in 2001 and then completely rebuilt and placed back on show. Go HERE and see.
Pocahontas by David McFall, 1958. 'La Belle Sauvage'
According to the list of public art formerly in London it says of the figure;
'A recumbent nude statue of Pocahontas. Commissioned by the publisher Cassell and based on that firm's colophon, which referred to its originally having been based near Ludgate Hill where Pocantontas had once lived. This was later removed to Greycoat Place, Victoria, and then to Villiers House, Strand. It is thought to have been sold at auction in 1996'
That's ended that then.
My favourite Elisabeth Frink. Apart from my self initiated World Museum Tour, I have also set out to find all the Elisabeth Frink statues that are out and about. I tend to do these things.
All links and websites accessed 18th March 2018.