TQ2274 : Sam and Dickie: 'public sculpture' at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton

taken 7 years ago, near to Roehampton, Wandsworth, Great Britain

Sam and Dickie: 'public sculpture' at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
Sam and Dickie: 'public sculpture' at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
A charming touch is the 'book' left open on the bench beside the two figures, which explains the circumstances leading to their creation:

'This sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Dr Raymond Hughes, a GP in Roehampton for 30 years, and his wife Dorothy.

Dorothy Hughes was a committed supporter of the Friends of Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton for 16 years until her death in 1999.


Brian Alabaster sculpted this piece of his son Sam, who has Down's syndrome, being read to by his grandfather, Dickie'. Link


One comment I'd make is that the figures are slightly less than life-size. To me, it's simply more fun when sculpted figures in public places can - just for a moment - be mistaken for 'the real thing'. That's a criticism I feel applies in a big way to the pair at St Pancras - a work which would be so much wittier if it were smaller: Link


One other thing: shame the bench wasn't made that bit longer, for the benefit of a weary patient or two!
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Tuesday, 6 November, 2012   (more nearby)
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Monday, 12 November, 2012
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