First black history statues return to Brixton

Three statues thought to be the first sculptures depicting black British people on display in England are set to return to Brixton station later. The life-size bronze figures, called Platforms Piece, were first installed on the platform in 1986 before being removed in 2016 for refurbishment. Created by Kevin Atherton, it depicts three Brixton residents of the time and is Grade II listed.

The original statues will be joined by a new one named Joy II. Joy II depicts Joy Battick, one of the south Londoners featured in the original artwork. Platforms Piece, which was commissioned by the Public Art Development Trust on behalf of British Rail, also shows two other Brixton residents, Karin Heistermann and Peter Lloyd. Historic England said the artwork was “believed to be the first sculptural representation of British black people in England in a public art context”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-64385120

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