|Laura Ford's "Nature Girls," |
stolen in 2008
My only concern, and I really hate to chuck cold water all over something positive before I've even seen a picture, is that it may eventually be targeted by thieves. The "Nature Girls" sculpture by Laura Ford at Surrey Basin (or Surrey Water) was stolen in 2008, sawed off at the ankles leaving just the red shoes, as was the much-loved sculpture of Alfred Salter near the Angel pub (stolen in 2011, photo here on the SE1.com website) and the owl from the set of farmyard animals and fox on the Thames Path (the survivors of which had to be removed to within the Surrey Docks Farm premises to keep them safe). It is thought that they were probably stolen for their scrap value, which is so sad. Having said that, the Michael Rizzello sculptures of James Walker, overlooking Greenland Dock, and the dock layout in the 1800s at the top of Stave Hill, as well as the pilgrim sculpture near The Mayflower, have all survived.
I've emailed the Southwark planning officer to whom the proposal is assigned, Terence McLellan, and hopefully he may be able to rustle up an image of how it will look.