Desert Quartet sculpted by Dame Elisabeth Frink
In 2007 The
Worthing Society was alerted that
Mr.Humphrey Avon the developer of the Montague Centre was holding a
competition for a sculpture to replace the Desert Quartet in Alexander
Terrace at Liverpool Gardens.
completely unacceptable to the Worthing Society and a campaign was
launched to prevent the removal of these bronze busts.
Century Society and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association were
informed and representations made to the Secretary of State of the
Department of Culture Media and Sport. As a result
the Desert Quartet and its supporting loggia was listed in the category
List II* on the 11th May 2007, which provides
considerable protection against the removal of the sculptures.On 28th
April 2007 a petition was launched by the Society to retain the Desert
Quartet in its present position. Two petitions were handed to the Mayor
and the full Council on 26th June, one
containing 840 signatures and the other 415 online signatures. It
was hoped that this was the end of the matter but Mr.Avon
applied to the Secretary of State to have the listing reviewed. The
Worthing Society made urgent representations to the Secretary
State to keep the listing and urged the Worthing Borough
Council to do likewise. We can now report that the bid to have the
listing overturned has failed.
Desert Quartet is a much
loved local landmark and a public art work of national importance and
indeed international importance; every effort will continue to be made
by this Society and the Twentieth Century Society to permanently retain
the sculptures in their present position.
Kennard (Committee Member)