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The Sunbathers: Festival of Britain sculpture back on South Bank

James Hatts

A sculpture displayed at Waterloo Underground Station during the Festival of Britain in 1951 has returned to the South Bank this summer after a crowdfunding appeal by Historic England to raise funds for its restoration.

The Sunbathers: Festival of Britain sculpture back on South Bank
'The Sunbathers' can be seen on level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall until the end of August
Festival of Britain model
In 1951 'The Sunbathers' was displayed on the north wall of Waterloo Underground Station's York Road entrance, seen here on the Festival of Britain model at the Royal Festival Hall.

Earlier this year we reported on the fundraising appeal launched by Historic England after the sculpture by Peter Laszlo Peri – presumed lost – was discovered in the garden of a Blackheath hotel.

Now the piece has returned to the Festival of Britain site for the first time since 1951.

Listen to our interview with Southbank Centre's Shan Maclennan to learn more about the story of The Sunbathers.


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