Paul Windsor speaks at the Unveiling of the Stag
Crowds gathered in Wimbledon yesterday to watch the unveiling of a 10ft iron stag.
The new sculpture standing on the Wimbledon Station forecourt marks the end of a £2.5 million town centre improvement scheme called ‘Destination Wimbledon’ funded by Transport for London as part of the Mayor of London’s Better Streets Initiative, Network Rail and South West Trains.
Paul Windsor, partner at WSM and chairman of the Love Wimbledon Improvement District, said: "The completion of the improvement works and the unveiling of a significant public work of art marks the beginning of an investment program, by the Wimbledon business community, to help generate a renewed civic pride in our wonderful town".
The stag was chosen by the public from a range of designs submitted by local artists. The creator, artist Isabelle Southwood, explained that her aim was to link Wimbledon town and village historically, architecturally and socially- the Stag is designed to symbolise Wimbledon’s Iron Age past and relationship with the common. It stands on the station forecourt, as if it had wandered down the hill.
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton council, added: “As residents of the London Borough of Merton we are blessed to have both urban and rural surroundings on our doorstep.
Thousands of visitors are expected to pass through Wimbledon Station over the Championship fortnight and Olympic Games later this summer.
The Mayor of Merton with the Artist Isabelle Southwood