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Sculpture could be resited in a better place than has been suggested

07 June, 2018

The abstract bronze by FE McWilliam (1909-92)

• THE 100 Avenue Road developers’ Essential Living (EL) have applied to remove the Grade II-listed The Hampstead Figure sculpture from the green space to the front of the sports hall on Adelaide Road.

The sculpture, currently sited at the southern end of the 100 Avenue building, was commissioned in 1964 to be near the library as part of the group of civic buildings for the borough of Hampstead by Sir Basil Spence. EL want to move it to make way for their demolition trucks.

We strongly object to resiting the bronze to the rear of the sports hall because this location will not enhance the setting of the sculpture and its intended relationship with the library and green space.

In his report granting permission for the 100 Avenue Road development the inspector agreed the relocation of The Hampstead Figure but recommended: “repositioning with careful thought… to substantially enhance the setting of the sculpture and its relationship with the library”.

EL’s proposed location ignores the “historic imperative to place the statue on the Open Space where people can see and appreciate it”.

The area to the back of the leisure centre is less frequented than the side on the green / open space. Therefore this application goes directly against the inspector’s recommendations.

Resiting the sculpture on the grass mound directly in front of the library, near the outside gym, with a good all round view, most respects the inspector’s stipulations.

With appropriate landscaping there need be no physical harm to the statue or to passers-by, any more than where it is currently situated.

Please send your objections to: Jonathan.McClue@camden.gov.uk, subject heading ref: 2018/2340/P. Consultation ends on June 14.

JANINE SACHS
Swiss Cottage, NW3

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