On Thursday 13th October the University of Roehampton celebrated the opening of new halls of residence, Chadwick Hall and the unveiling of ‘The Watchers’, a well-known sculpture by Lynn Chadwick CBE. To mark the occasion Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey CBE welcomed a host of guests including Lynn Chadwick’s family, Justine Greening MP and the Mayor of Wandsworth, Richard Field to the University.
Posted: 19 October 2016
The Watchers unveiling in October 2016.
‘The Watchers’, one of artist Lynn Chadwick’s most iconic pieces, was installed in the grounds of Downshire House in 1963. Ten years ago, one of the grade two-listed figures was cut down and stolen.
Following the theft, the University placed the two remaining figures into secure storage. Last year the University requested permission from Chadwick’s estate to request to have the stolen figure recast. Now, the three figures have been reinstalled in their original location, the grounds of the Roehampton’s Downshire House, which is surrounded by new purpose-built halls which have been named after Chadwick.
“The Watchers has been an intrinsic part of Roehampton’s history and it’s fantastic to see it reinstalled and get a better idea of what the area would have looked like 50 years ago,” explains Gilly King, the University’s History and Heritage Adviser. “The Watchers is one of only three pieces like this in the world and this reinstallation project has been commended by Historic England. We’ve taken a lot of care in improving security to protect The Watchers and have rescued the sculpture from the Heritage at risk register.”
Chadwick Hall is made up for three blocks of residence over 200 bedrooms and each entrance features a large image of Chadwick at work on his sculptures to inspire students. The development of Chadwick Hall is part of a wider project to provide a greater range of student accommodation options, which has included the Elm Grove development, and the state-of-the-art accommodation for Roehampton students located in Vauxhall, Spring Mews.
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