The original statue by sculptor, Diane Gorvin, was installed in 1991. It showed a kindly Dr Salter in his old age waving to his daughter, Joyce, leaning against the Thames wall with her cat nearby. Diane has called the ensemble of statues Dr Salter’s Daydream: “It represents the daydream of an old man remembering happier times when his ‘sunshine’ was still alive.” The picture above shows that statue of Alfred, stolen by metal-thieves in November 2011. The statues of Joyce and the cat were not stolen, and are still being kept in store by Southwark Council.
The Salter Statue Campaign was set up soon after the theft. It consists of local residents, local Councillors, the MP Simon Hughes, Quakers, environmentalists, Alfred Salter’s great-niece, Johanna Crawshaw, and descendants of Ada’s family. After a public consultation organised by Southwark Council it was decided to replace the statue of Alfred, create a new statue of Ada, and reunite them with the statues of Alfred and Joyce. It was also decided to ask the original sculptor, Diane Gorvin, to recreate the ensemble. This is Diane’s sketch of how the new statues will look, if only we can raise the £50,000 required.
In fact, a total of £100,000 is needed to pay for the new statues of Ada and Alfred, if the cost of installation and additional security, including CCTV and electronic sensors, are all taken into account. But, as Southwark Council have promised to match-fund all donations pound for pound, the campaign needs to raise only £50,000 to reach the necessary target. Of this sum, we have raised £31,000 so far. Thus, only another £19,000 is required.
With one last push this autumn we have every chance of reaching this target. That does depend, however, on a positive response from you to this, our latest appeal. We believe Diane’s design is wonderfully impressive.
Please give generously.