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Sir Archibald McIndoe [Feb. 13th, 2019|09:55 am]
Tony Grist
I have mixed feelings about public statues. They're rarely significant as works of art- and they're often rather ugly; on the other hand I always go and look at them.

This is Martin Jennings' statue of Sir Archibald McIndoe on East Grinstead High Street. The building in the background is the set of early 17th century almshouses, known as Sackville College.

Sir Archibald McIndoe was a New Zealand born plastic surgeon, best known for his pioneering work with badly burned aircrew at the Royal Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. Martin Jennings is responsible for a number of well-liked- and sometimes well-hated public monuments. He did the statue of John Betjeman looking up at the roof of St Pancras Station (which is rather sweet) and more recently the one of George Orwell smoking a fag outside Broadcasting House. His work is lively, naturalistic and informal. His version of Sir Archibald dates from 2014.


[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-02-13 02:56 pm (UTC)

That's quite lovely and touching. I generally like public sculpture but rarely of historical figures.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-13 03:06 pm (UTC)
This one keeps alive the memory of someone who was never a household name. That's very worthwhile, I think.

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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2019-02-14 07:54 am (UTC)
I hadn't seen this - it's lovely. I did know about his work and the Guinea Pig Club, but couldn't remember his name. I'll make more effort in future!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-14 09:01 am (UTC)
McIndoe isn't exactly an unsung hero, but neither is he a household name. Anyway, it's nice to see him commemorated like this.
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