England is loosing it's public art. There are 40 works listed by Historic England that have been lost, destroyed, stolen or sold. Their new campaign hopes to raise awareness of the art that is being sold for scrap metal, stolen, or intentionally taken down by developers.
While many works have been destroyed, He hopes some could still be out there and is issuing a public call for information.
The organisation’s chief executive, Duncan Wilson, said there was a whole category of art that had been unjustly ignored over the years. He said: “We may have lost more than we know and we feel now is the time to do something about it.
“A lot of these pieces were commissioned against a background of optimism, good intentions, civic values and a lot of them were of very fine quality. Unfortunately, you lose things you don’t understand or treasure and perhaps, because nobody was standing up for this kind of art, the result is some of it has been lost. This is a call to arms for all of the public to get involved.”