Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hidden Henley

ALTHOUGH this sculpture is on private property, its position seems to indicate that it is meant to be viewed by

ALTHOUGH this sculpture is on private property, its position seems to indicate that it is meant to be viewed by people on the riverside public footpath in Henley commonly know as The Prom.

It features two rowers but only one figure is shown here as the artwork is separated from the pavement by railings, making photographing the whole thing difficult.

In fact, it’s quite possible that many passers-by won’t have spotted it.

I believe the sculpture was placed here when the old boat building sheds were converted into somewhat desirable homes many years ago.

The sculpture, called Pair Oar, is by Jill Berelowitz and a copy was commissioned by the Henley Festival last year and displayed at the entrance to the patrons’ lounge.

The South African sculptor, who now lives in London, has also exhibited at the Olympic Village last year, Chelsea Flower Show, and, more unusually, at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

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