Sculpture at Bromley-by-Bow, London

During the Thatcher era, I lived in Bromley-by-Bow, which back then was a dreary section of the East End of London, consisting of un-crossable highways and Foster’s Beer cans. The hippie pastor of the Neighborhood Church, now Lord Andrew Mawson, transformed the nearly-abandoned church into a thriving community center and commissioned some sculpture from me to go with it:

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It represents the River Thames where it curves to form the Isle of Dogs, just south of Bromley-by-Bow. The fish is a symbol of Christianity, dating from when it was a secret, persecuted sect.

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I made a couple of angels for the entranceway, one calling the people to come in, and the other pointing the way back out to the world:

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And it’s still there!

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