I had a letter published in The Times yesterday, under this heading.
I’ve been thinking for a long time about the way large bronze sculptures and statues keep getting nicked by Philistines and criminals, who don’t care one jot about our artistic heritage. We also have the controversy over Tower Hamlet’s Henry Moore statue, that they may have to sell.
So when The Times published a piece on art on the Moscow Metro, I wrote to the paper. This is what I said.
Your report “Moscow’s Metro is transformed into a real work of art” (Nov 7) offers a solution to the problem of what to do with the Henry Moore sculpture owned by Tower Hamlets council, as well as other statues owned by local authorities.
Many of our stations have a suitable space, and given that they are pretty secure why don’t we move some artworks there? Statues would interest more people in a station than they do tucked away in a park or housing estate, as they are now.
The more I think about this, the more I think the idea could be a runner.
Tower Hamlets incidentally, has three major stations; Canary Wharf, Shoreditch High Street and Whitechapel. The latter is currently being rebuilt for Crossrail.
All it needs to find a space for the Henry Moore, is a bit of creative and artistic thinking! To site the statue in public in a station, may actually cost less in the long term, as surely insurance would not be so expensive.
I like to look out for large sculpture as I travel around.
This is the memorial to those, who died in the Preston Strike of 1842.
I’d never heard of any of this until I saw the memorial, but I do feel that the sculpture does not do those who died, justice.
The structure was certainly attracting attention by the Tate Modern.
Note the picture from the Millennium Bridge which shows it in front of the Tate Modern at the right.
They had a news item on BBC London today about a statue to Matthew Flinders being erected at Euston, which is where he is buried.
I did know a bit about Flinders, but I was puzzled to see that he is being shown with a cat. This story on Wikipedia tells the tale of the cat, Trim.
There aren’t many cats, who have their own page on Wikipedia and even fewer who appear with their master (?) in statues.
They show how much public art and the number of clocks there are in the city.
I think it is true to say that you could spend a couple of days looking at all the public art in Liverpool.
Tom Murphy‘s work is all over Liverpool. but at the present time there is an exhibition in St. George’s Hall.
What surprised me was the range of subjects in his sculpture and paintings, including surprisingly to me, Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Liverpool incidentally has more public works of art, than any other location except Westminster. There is a list here and Tom Murphy has done twelve of them. He is certainly very prolific!
I’ve been inside St. George’s Hall before, but never with the floor revealed.
I had thought that someone I knew at University had seen the floor in the 1960s, when I was there. A guide confirmed that it had been revealed in 1965! So my recollection might have been correct.
But whatever, it truly is a must-see building, and it is sad, that it is only open until the 18th of August.
Note the statue of Sir Paul McCartney by Tom Murphy.
One strange thing, is that there has been no television report on BBC Breakfast. Surely, something as noteworthy as this, deserves a small report, whilst the floor is revealed. There is a report on the BBC website from when it was last revealed in January 2012.
I’ve noticed the statue called The Meeting Place by Paul Day in St. Pancras station many times.
But I think it must be the only statue I know, where a lady is wearing stiletto-heeled shoes.
I found this in the back streets of Ulm.
It’s such a simple idea for a fountain and sculpture, I’m surprised I’ve not seen something similar before.
As I usually do, I used a combination of walking and the various trams and metro lines. There is a card called a Budapest Card, but at the first station I tried near the airport, they just sold me an ordinary 24 hour ticket.
These are some of the pictures I took.
Particularly useful was the number 2 tram, which ran up and down the Danube. If you’ve got a 24-hour ticket, just get on the tram and sit down. You don’t have to touch in, although my ticket was checked on the Metro.
The only problems I had were the extreme cold and the lack of information and maps on the street. But Budapest is one of those cities, where you can generally see one of major features like the Danube, Buda Castle or St. Stephen’s Basilica.
On the other hand, when I did get lost, a friendly Hungarian usually put me right. I was plagued a bit by hop-on/hop-off tourist bus salesmen, but I just ignored them, as I prefer to play my game of chance with the public transport. You see more interesting things, like the little girl sitting on the dog statue. How many places would allow that?
Incidentally, Line 1 of the Budapest Metro is the second oldest in the world and is included in the World Heritage Site for Budapest.