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"I can relate to the immigrant artist of leaning woman because I moved from my home country and had to get adapted to the British language and the way of the life style. The point of public art is how the viewer connects with the artist. The sculpture was his way of connecting to the public without being judged.”

Isabel Paulo, 15

The Leaning Woman is a semi-nude 1950s sculpture cast in concrete by Dr Karel Vogel who arrived in Britain from Prague in 1938. As the modern world moved swiftly by, her floating limbo lean reflected a ‘neo-classical calm’. Karel Vogel worked as a sculptor and taught in several schools. This work was originally commissioned by London’s patronage of the arts scheme, which placed over 70 artworks around schools, public buildings and estates. The statue was not immediately appreciated by the general public who called it a ‘modern monstrosity’! It is now much loved locally and is being restored.

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“People want to see what the history of an area is before they were there, other religions can see what some Jewish people had to suffer and how it was part of their history.”

Bobby Burrows, 15


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