Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Sculpture vandalised

VANDALS have again targeted the “leaping lady” sculpture in Henley.

The 7ft high galvanised steel figure on the roundabout in Reading Road suffered minor damage, which was spotted by Chris Baker, of Lauds Close, Henley.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley Town Council, he said: “My wife tells me, in relation to ladies’ grooming, that personal care is important.

“On that basis I would like to suggest that someone should take a look at the grooming of the lady on the roundabout.

“It looks like she has gone through a session with a Biffa van. She looks like she has gone through a few rounds. It is a disgrace.”

The figure, which was installed almost 18 months ago, has had her red “hair” attacked on several occasions, so that it has gone from pointing upwards to downwards.

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, which oversaw the project, said: “We can’t stop vandals, I am afraid.”

She said that artist Rachel Ducker, who created the piece, was aware of the problem and hoped to repair it.

The sculpture is meant to represent Henley as a gateway to a healthy lifestyle.

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