Virginia Woolf Statue
We’ve launched a campaign to commission, fund and erect a statue of Virginia Woolf in Richmond-on-Thames where she lived with her husband Leonard from 1914 to 1924. Virginia wrote short stories, essays, reviews and novels while living in Richmond. Virginia and Leonard also set up the Hogarth Press together in Richmond publishing works by T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield and Sigmund Freud among many others.
This statue will be the first ever full figure life-size bronze depiction of Virginia Woolf.
Award-winning sculptor Laury Dizengremel has just been commissioned to create the artwork. Her clay artwork of Virginia Woolf seated on a bench is shown below.
Following discussions with Cheryl Robson (who’s leading the campaign), Laury has portrayed Virginia Woolf in a moment of happy relaxation, sitting on a bench which will be located on the Terraces near Richmond Bridge. Discussions regarding the exact placement are underway with the Council. Left is a photo of the clay sculpture “photoshopped” in the proposed location.
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Laury’s most recent public artwork commission, the lifesize bronze sculpture of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – 18th century’s greatest landscape designer. Other notable artworks of Laury’s include a bust of Mary Church Terrell for the National Association of University Women in the USA, the top 8 tennis players in the world in 2007 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovich, etc.,), full figure lifesize bronzes of sporting legends in Blaenavon, Wales and Drogheda, Ireland and many more.
It is interesting to note that, just like the statue above, the vast majority of statues across the country are of men, with fewer than one in five listed statues being of women.
In March 2016 in the New Statesmen, Caroline Criado-Perez sorted the nation’s statues by gender and discovered “…a mere 2.7 per cent are of historical, non-royal women. If you’re a woman, your best chance at becoming a statue is to be a mythical or allegorical figure, a famous virgin, royal or nude.” Read the full article here, you will be amused and appalled!
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And less of this!
Please make a charitable donation to the statue fund via Paypal – UK donors only: please note that unless you state otherwise on the donation comments box within Paypal, your donation gesture allow us to claim gift aid for your donation which will help it go further! This does not apply if you live elsewhere in the world.