Bask­ing in the sun once more

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Acrowd­fund­ing cam­paign has raised £22,000 to en­able one of the best sculp­tures of the fa­mous 1951 fes­ti­val of Bri­tain, lost for decades and re­cently re­dis­cov­ered, to be re­turned to the South Bank. Peter Las­zlo Peri’s The Sun­bathers (left) was orig­i­nally set on a wall at water­loo sta­tion and greeted vis­i­tors as they ap­proached the fes­ti­val.

Peri was a Hun­gar­ian-born artist who had ar­rived in Eng­land in 1933. He had pi­o­neered his own form of coloured con­crete, called Peri-crete, and this was used for the pink fig­ures of the sun­bathers.

Like many other pieces, it was thought lost, but, af­ter His­toric Eng­land launched a cam­paign to track down lost pub­lic art two years ago, it was spot­ted in the gar­den of a ho­tel in Black­heath. con­ser­va­tion­ists have re­moved a layer of newer paint to re­veal the orig­i­nal sunkissed ter­ra­cotta.

it will be free for all to see in the royal fes­ti­val Hall for the sum­mer sea­son and an af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­i­ties in­spired by the sculp­ture will take place on the ter­race out­side the South­bank cen­tre ter­race on July 29. Jack Watkins

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