Leaning Woman Statue
N Verbena Gardens, Hammersmith, London W6 9AH

Restoration of 1950s statue by Karel Vogel

Restoration of 1950s statue by Karel Vogel

This sculpture, commissioned by the LCC in the 1950s, is of a semi-nude idealised female figure. Her arms rest lightly on an absent surface and the weight of the sculpture is cantilevered out from the base. Cast in concrete, it took over a year to complete and was one of Vogel's final works. The statue was put on the Heritage at Risk Register in 2017. It is cracking in places, and past repairs in smooth cement were inappropriate to the work and have now failed. Where cracks have opened up to create holes in the statue there is now water ingress and staining - indications that the statue's armature is rusting.

A HOLT supported project in 2018 now seeks to address these issues and preserve the statue. This will likely involve a cathodic treatment (sending a voltage through the armature which stabilises the internal corrosion), followed by cleaning, addressing staining and making all necessary repairs with similar cementitious material to the original statue.