Two topiary statues have become the newest residents of Stratford’s East Village. Known as ‘The Sweepers’, the 22 foot high ‘Old Woman’ and 13 foot high ‘Little Boy’ were designed by Shipshape Arts in response to the London riots of 2011.
The figures depict an ‘old woman’ and a ‘little boy’ sweeping, inspired by the concept that ‘if every man would sweep his own doorstep, the city would soon be clean.’ The couple have been transported to the former Athletes’ Village from London’s Southbank Centre, where they were installed as part of the 2013 Festival of Neighbourhood.
The timber and metal wire frame statues will be lit by LED floodlights, to be enjoyed by new residents, existing local communities, and visitors to Westfield and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Later this year, more green residents will be installed in East Village’s Victory Park; ‘The Neighbours’ will depict two figures engaging over a fence.
Derek Gorman, Chief Executive of Get Living London commented: “As the former Athletes’ Village, East Village is no stranger to impressive figures so we’re delighted to welcome our 20-foot tall new guests to the neighbourhood! With our first new residents now moving in, we have a range of arts and cultural activity planned to help bring East Village to life and these sculptures are a fantastic first addition to the neighbourhood.”
Dale Meredith, Executive Director for Triathlon Homes also added: “These sculptures are a wonderful addition to the East Village landscape. This nod towards community-based spirit and neighbourhood is a perfect fit and we are sure that residents and visitors alike will make them welcome.”