Historic England's first exhibition follows the stories of a series of site specific public sculptures created between 1945 and 1985.
In the years following the Second World War the government launched a public art initiative that aimed to bring Britain's shattered towns and cities back to life. Sculptures were commissioned from the eminent artists of the day – including Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Paul Mount – for sites in city streets, housing estates, work places, shopping centres, universities and schools. The aim of the project was to provide art that everyone to enjoy.
This show focuses on the fates that have befallen these public sculptures; while some have been enjoyed, celebrated and conserved, other have been lost, damaged, moved or destroyed. Stories are illustrated through original architectural models, maquettes, photographs and drawings.