‘Irreplaceable’ Five Swimmers sculpture in Staines ‘brutally’ vandalised

October 11, 2018
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An “irreplaceable” sculpture in Staines should be relocated after it was “brutally” vandalised, according to the town’s society group.

One of the figures from the Five Swimmers was torn off from the sculpture in an act of vandalism that was reported to Spelthorne Borough Council (SBC) on October 2.

Built by British artist David Wynne in 1980, the statue was originally used as a centre piece for the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre before being moved to the Memorial Gardens in 2006.

Writing on its website, the Staines Town Society said the sculpture had been “brutally vandalised” and called for it to be relocated.

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“The Five Swimers is irreplaceable and without a doubt the most outstanding piece of artwork owned by Spelthorne,” the statement read..

“Following repair, it would be sensible to take the opportunity to relocate it and make it safe from vandalism.”

However, SBC has confirmed that the sculpture will not be moved from its current home in the Memorial Gardens.

“The sculpture has been removed and we are just waiting for it to be repaired by specialists,” a council spokesman said.

“We aim to get it back in its original location as soon as possible. We don’t have any plans to move it from Memorial Gardens.”

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/irreplaceable-five-swimmers-sculpture-staines-15265500


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