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London Sculptures : Allies by Lawrence Holofcener in New Bond Street

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

‘Allies’ is a popular statue of Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt in New Bond Street, the sculpture was a gift from the Bond Street Association to the City of Westminster and the people of London to commemorate 50 years of peace. It was unveiled in 1995 by Princess Margaret and shows the two statesman enjoying a chat on a bench. Since it was unveiled it has become a popular tourist attraction with visitors sitting on the bench between two politicians.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

The sculpture was created by Lawrence Holofcener who was an American-British sculptor, poet, lyricist, playwright, novelist, actor and director.

© 2019 Visiting London Guide.com – Photograph by Alan Kean

Holofcener who died in 2017 at the age of 91 had a varied career, writing Broadway stage scores, acting in Stop the World – I Want to Get Off and Hello, Dolly! plus writing books.

Holofcener had his first art exhibition in 1979 and commisions include “Faces of Olivier”, Queen Victoria and Thomas Paine.

He is best known for the  ‘Allies’ sculpture which was so popular that he was asked to makes some small copies to sell to collectors. He agreed, but did not have anything to work from in his studio and had to spend five days in front of his own work in the street in order to make the replicas.

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