The three statues were sculptured by rated Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn and are named:
Creation – Crossing Millennium – Volare.
While the apartment building was in progress by Developers MCD, a sales brochure was used to interest people to buy apartments. This showed what the development was to become. People who invested their money in the purchase of apartments did so partly on the basis of the brochure especially those who bought “off plan”.
Amongst other things the brochure inside cover surely leaves no doubt that the Lorenzo Quinn statues were part and parcel of the development and not the property of the Development Company MCD.
But removal did occur on 5 May 2010 when (supposedly) MCD decided they would remove them, one at least to the Worcestershire premises of one of its Directors.
Who or what gave them the right to remove the statues in May 2010 is a mystery, but it is relevant to note that MCD were the Managers of the development and employed Mainstay as the Managing Agent. So, any dictum from MCD would probably be allowed by Mainstay without too many questions being asked, Mainstay not wishing or able to protest against their employers wishes.
Nevertheless, the removal of the statues took place by a weekday, mid-morning intrusion into the Phase 1 courtyard by a contractor. Obviously this intrusion will have been orchestrated by the MCD Management Company and Mainstay local Concierges would have been obliged to allow it.
The statues were removed as can be seen below in the Gallery in what appears to be a well planned sortie (type and capacity of craning and transport).
Mid morning the next day new statues were delivered and located on unsightly grey-painted metal boxes.
Whilst these statues might possibly have some artistic merit for someone (though the female figure has been criticised by some residents due to her bare bosom), their quality for outside weather endurance has proved to be questionable particularly surface paint flaking from the statues and rusting of the metal plinths.
The original statues were in bronze and , I assume, designed to weather well without too much maintenance.
The Quinn statues must by now be worth £100,000’s judging from the website myartbroker.com (see link below), where small examples (eg 34cm x 41cm) have an asking price of £7,500.
Lorenzo Quinn’s website reveals interesting photos of the three statues, including their appearance when sited at KEW and in private collections:
Article and photos by Geoff Caine
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