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Empty plinth of ‘The Dockers’ on the Lansbury estate, Poplar
By Rosamund Lily West. In 1962, the LCC installed ‘The Dockers’ by Sydney Harpley on the Lansbury estate in Poplar. Today, the sculpture is not there, it’s just an empty plinth. This viewpoint looks at why the LCC chose the subject of dockers and how the collapse of the industry in the area is linked to the vandalisation, and subsequent removal, of the sculpture.
‘The Lesson’, Franta Belsky. Avebury estate, Bethnal Green
By Rosamund Lily West. The sculpture, ‘The Lesson’, by Franta Belsky, was installed on the Avebury estate in Bethnal Green in 1959 by the London County Council.
‘Mother and Children Playing’, Peter Laszlo Peri. South Lambeth estate, Lambeth
By Rosamund Lily West. After the Second World War, Hungarian artist Peter Laszlo Peri approached the LCC with the idea of depicting scenes of family life to ‘brighten up’ the facades of new LCC housing in Lambeth. ‘Mother and Children Playing’ dates to between 1951 and ‘52 and was installed on the stairwell of Horton House on the South Lambeth estate.
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This viewpoint will reveal how Senate House, notable for the “strangely semi-traditional, undecided modernism” that puzzled Pevsner, provided inspiration for George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.