Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thelma and yes you’ve guessed – ‘The Big V’

Another great pose from Thelma.


The local paper had this letter printed and as Roger Miles wrote a much better letter than I did I thought it merited reproducing
Is the Big V what we really want?
10:58 - 26 November 2009
The Big V
The Big V
SIR - Messrs Howell and Carruthers are being somewhat presumptious in presenting simultaneously a need and a solution with their Verulamium Park sculpture (Herts Advertiser, November 12, pictured above).

A more normal course to acquiring and installing a piece of public art would be to first find out whether there is any significant desire for such a thing and in what location, second, sound out feelings for the sort of symbolism sought and then to invite all interested artists to submit proposals.

Instead of which St Albans citizens are being presented with a fait accompli which they are asked to think about raising the money for. It smacks of public funding for H & C Sculptures' open-air showroom.

Further, to place a large, futuristic sculpture in Verulamium Park could be to demonstrate a failure to learn any lesson from the unfortunate business of rehousing the hypocaust.

There is a notable absence of public art in the 'historic city' (a quote from SADC stationery) so I would suggest that the first subjects that we should be turning our minds to depicting are famous people or events associated with St Albans - Nicholas Breakspear, Francis Bacon, Sam Ryder, the two battles of St Albans are some. Alban and Jennings/Marlborough have commemoration already, albeit architectural.

We should give some thought to this subject and not be bounced into something we later regret.


Upper Culver Road, St Albans


Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

what a delightful letter eh, and Francis Bacon, now a memorial to him could be a real shocker. isn't he the guy who did those very surprising/challenging kind of portraits?

11/27/2009 3:57 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Oh no Wendy he's referring to the first Francis Bacon
who was Viscount of St Albans at the time of Queen Elizabeth 1.
The painter was named after him.

11/27/2009 2:08 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

Hi Julie, I've been trying to find an update on this issue on the SADC website but failed. I was telling a friend about it, who was telling me about the way they do things in Browhills, W. Midlands. Have a look here if you are interested:

She says Walsall where she lives is like St Albans, and referred to:
"idiotic 'arty' erections" - a nicely suggestive phrase, I thought.

5/30/2010 9:54 AM  

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