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Blake statue rises again

Three years after being targeted by thieves, two statues created by Sir Peter Blake (below) are back on the Prom.

Three years after being targeted by thieves, two statues created by Sir Peter Blake (below) are back on the Prom.

Statues created by the legendary Sir Peter Blake are back on the Prom – almost three years after they were targeted by thieves.

The ‘Equestrian Act’ bronze statue, part of the £120,000 Life is a Circus project on New South Promenade, was badly damaged by metal thieves in August 2011.

What was left of the statue was taken away by Blackpool Council for repair, along with a second statue, ‘Four Man Up’.

Now £5,000 replicas of Sir Peter’s installation, remoulded in a less valuable material, are back on the Prom after being created by specialist sculptures AB Fine Art Foundry.

The original bronze statues have also been restored, with town hall chiefs now in talks over a “secure space” for them to be sited permanently.

The restoration of the bronze statues also cost £5,000 .

The two statues depict balancing acts as seen in a circus, of strongmen, horses and a mermaid, each reaching around 10ft in height. Sir Peter, perhaps best known as the creator of the world famous album cover Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Paul Weller’s Stanley Road, unveiled his work opposite the Pleasure Beach in 2004.

Coun Christine Wright, cabinet member for culture and heritage at Blackpool Council said: “We are delighted to bring Sir Peter’s works back to the Promenade, where they can be appreciated as part of a wonderful stroll along the Great Promenade Show. Blackpool is very proud of its high quality public art works that everyone can enjoy, many being made by internationally recognised artists.”

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