LONDON — Director Danny Boyle has joined leading British arts figures urging a cash-strapped local authority not to sell off a valuable Henry Moore sculpture — arguing it should be erected in London’s Olympic Park instead.
“Draped Seated Woman” is owned by London’ s Tower Hamlets Council and stood for years on a public housing complex in the city’s East End.
Last month the council announced plans to sell the bronze artwork to offset funding cuts. Estimates of its value range from $8 million to $32 million.
Tower Hamlets Mayor Luthur Rahman said the local authority faced a “stark choice” at a time of economic weakness and government austerity.
When the housing project was demolished in the late 1990s, the work was moved to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in northern England.
The proposal to sell it has sparked a campaign to return the artwork to east London, a vibrant but poverty-scarred area that hosted this summer’s Olympic Games.
Boyle, artists Jeremy Deller and Rachel Whiteread, Tate galleries director Nicholas Serota and the sculptor’s daughter Mary Moore are among signatories to a letter asking the council to reconsider.