Statue taken down in 1980s

Dam­aged work of art re­moved from front of Burbage school

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

QUITE a bit of in­ter­est has been shown in the statue which used to be on the side of Hast­ings High School in Burbage.

How­ever, it was re­moved at some point in time and a reader wrote in re­cently to ask why and what hap­pened to it.

An­other reader, June Tay­lor, has been in touch to sup­ply a cou­ple of fab­u­lous pic­tures of it which are on this page.

And she has at­tached some de­tails she found out about it.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion she dis­cov­ered, the statue was called Girl Re­leas­ing Dove and it was com­mis­sioned in 1956 by the di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion Ste­wart Ma­son.

It was part of a pro­gramme to get liv­ing sculp­tors to help pro­vide works of art for school build­ings.

Ap­par­ently, by the 1980s, the statue had started to crack due to the weather.

Restora­tion was de­cided to be too ex­pen­sive so the de­ci­sion was taken to re­move it in 1983. The con­crete outer cas­ing had be­come cracked al­low­ing wa­ter to en­ter in­side and cause prob­lems to the in­ter­nal metal. Ap­par­ently, many of the works of art com­mis­sioned at this time suf­fered in the same way.

The sculp­ture was made by Ben Franklin and a sim­i­lar one was also on Stone Hill High School in Le­ices­ter.

Pic­tures of the statue on the side of Hast­ings High School in Burbage. Supplied by June Tay­lor

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