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Woman and Fish - Millwall Park, Isle of Dogs, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.309 W 000° 00.609
30U E 707564 N 5708387
Quick Description: This larger than life statue is located in Millwall Park towards the southern end of the Isle of Dogs in east London. It is a replica of a sculpture that was vandalised and subsequently scrapped.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/3/2013 9:47:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMG9VN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:

There is a plaque within the fence surrounding the statue that reads:

This replica of Frank Dobson's
'Woman and Fish' circa 1951, replaces the
sculpture sited on the Cleveland Estate in Stepney.
The original was purchased for the borough
by the London County Council in 1963,
the year of Frank Dobson's death.

The reinstatement of this important piece of
artistic heritage has been funded by
Chatham Properties, and facilitated by
London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
It was created by artist Antonio Lopez Reche
and cast at the Bronze Age foundry in Limehouse.

The Antonio Lopez Reche website [visit link] tells us about the sculpture from his perspective:

"The sculpture "Woman and Fish" by Frank Dobson, placed originally in Cephas Street, junction with Cambridge Heath Road by the London County Council in 1963, provided drinking water until vandals smashed it in 1977. Later, 1979 it was beheaded and removed for restoration in 1983 to be returned in 1985. Finally it was totally destroyed in 2002 and it's remains went to the skip. In December 2006 I was approached with the reproduction project by Tower Hamlets Art Department.

With the information supplied and after learning about Frank Dobson's body of work and style, and thanks to being able to study the artist modelling technique and textures on the piece "London Pride" in the South Bank area, cast in bronze in 1951 for the "Festival of Britain", I was able to reproduce "Woman and Fish" to the satisfaction of Tower Hamlets Art Department and the "Frank Dobson Estate".

The above reproduction of "Woman and Fish" (see website)was the result of work in my studio and the piece used for the production of a silicon rubber mould by Bronze Age art foundry in order to enable the casting of the piece in bronze. This original plaster can be viewed at the Brady Arts Centre in Tower Hamlets.

Once it was cast in bronze and patinated by Bronze Age the piece was installed in Millwall Park in Tower Hamlets, just beside Island Gardens DLR Station were, hopefully, it will have a much more peaceful life than the original by Frank Dobson did."

Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Woman and Fish

Figure Type: Combination of two figure types

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: Antonio Lopez Reche

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 2007

Materials used: Bronze for statue and stone for plinth

Location: Millwall Park. Accessible 24/7 but unlit at night.

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