Danny Boyle adds voice to Henry Moore campaign

 

Director Danny Boyle has joined leading British arts figures urging a cash-strapped local authority not to sell off a valuable Henry Moore sculpture - arguing it should be erected in London's Olympic Park instead.

"Draped Seated Woman" is owned by London's Tower Hamlets Council and stood for years on a public housing complex in the city's East End.

It was moved in 1997 to a sculpture park in northern England.

Last month the council announced plans to sell the artwork to offset funding cuts. Estimates of its value range from £5 million to £20 million pounds.

Boyle, who directed London Olympics' opening ceremony, said Monday that the sculpture was priceless because it "defies all prejudice in people's minds about one of London's poorest boroughs."

AP

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