When I went to see the Tall Ships I came across these sculptures. I think I audibly gasped when I saw them, they are in a very Victorian Industrial setting and I got the quivers thinking the Martians were invading. This is not the first time my Martian feeling has happened in London, I blame my older brothers watching War of the Worlds and playing the album constantly, I grew up believing Martians were a distinct possibility. But even so, I find them really eerie and really interesting, but they send a shiver down my spine.
There are sixteen figures made in cast iron by the sculptor Peter Burke. Having researched for this blog post I can tell you that they are made to reflect the community, military and industrial history of the site, where munitions factories once employed thousands of workers.
I love how they vary with which piece is missing and how I felt desperately in need of being able to crawl into one of them, but of course that was not possible from the way they are designed. And I also think, if there was ever a place that needed a bit of yarn bombing, this would be it. Wouldn’t they look wonderful with some gaily coloured scarfs and warm bobble hats.. – or is that just me.