see the photographs that I took of it when it was brand-new, less than a month ago, on 13th August, by way of comparison.
Not having walked past it recently I hadn't noticed the rust but several people, who know of my interest in local public art, mentioned it to me. So I went to have a look, camera in hand.
Top left is the top of Michael Caine's head. The other two are random shots of other details of the thing. Click any of them to see a bigger view of the problem. What a mess. If anything, the second photograph is the worst of the lot, showing the top layer flaking off to leave the unprotected metal beneath that is clearly exposed to the invasive rust. To be honest, I didn't much like the sculpture before it started rusting, but that really didn't bother me because public art is a very personal thing and I daresay many people thought it was great. But whether you loved it or loathed it when it first went up, it is now beginning to look like a serious eyesore. And of course it's going to get worse, because rust doesn't have the habit of growing any prettier as it spreads.
Both Sustrans and Southwark Council should be ashamed of themselves, and you do have to wonder about the sculptor who allowed it to be erected in such a sub-standard condition. Horribly disappointing and profoundly underwhelming.
Previous posts on the subject (most recent first):
The official opening of the Sustrans portrait bench and the PedalOnUk event
The new Sustrans portrait bench at Greenland Dock
A planning proposal for a new sculpture at Brunswick Quay