‘Public artworks disappearing before our eyes, says heritage body’
An article written by Arts correspondent for The Guardian, Mark Brown, highlights a campaign launched by Historic England to raise awareness of how much public art is being lost, whether metal sculptures being stolen and sold for scrap or architectural friezes being deliberately ripped down by developers.
Historic England listed nearly 40 works that have been lost, destroyed, stolen or sold. Chief executive, Duncan Wilson of Historic England, says that new research claims this may only be the tip of the iceberg. “Part of England’s national collection of public artworks is disappearing before our eyes,” he said.
As well as the campaign HE will stage a related exhibition telling the stories behind the lost art at Somerset House in London from 3 February to 10 April.
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