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Old Flo set to leave Yorkshire

A photo of a huge sculpture of a reclining woman in a park on a sunny day

Henry Moore’s statue ‘Old Flo’ is set to leave the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and return to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Draped Seated Woman, fondly known as Old Flo, was originally acquired by the London County Council in 1962, but has been on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park since 1997.

Following a two-year legal battle, it has been established that Old Flo is the property of Tower Hamlets council. Lutfur Rahman, the previous Tower Hamlets Mayor, had planned to sell the sculpture through auction house Christie’s in October 2012. The current Labour Mayor John Biggs has cancelled the sell-off, and has announced his intention to bring Old Flo back to Tower Hamlets for the benefit of the local community.

Mary Creagh said:

“She will be a sad loss for Yorkshire, but Henry Moore designed Old Flo for the people of East London, and I understand Mayor John Biggs’ desire to bring her back to Tower Hamlets.

“I am proud of the successful campaign we ran with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Museum of London, Rushanara Ali MP and many others to stop her being sold off to the highest bidder. If she heads back south a suitable home must be found for her in East London.”


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