With arms full of colourful bounty and eyes watching out over the park, the beloved London Fields Flower Sellers are now back to their former glory after restoration.
The sculpture was originally made by a group of local artists called Freeform Arts Trust, in the 1980s, with the help of local school children.
The well loved sculpture is covered in intricate mosaic patterns depicting the different produce which used to be sold - and much of what still is -in Broadway Market. The figures are surrounded by sheep reflecting the importance the area used to hold for grazing animals on route to Smithfields Meat Market in the City of London.
Sadly over the past 30 years the elements have taken their toll on the statue so earlier this year Hackney Council hired mosaic artist Tamara Froud from MosaicAllsorts to undertake statue repairs.
This much loved piece of public art needed some TLC after years of being exposed to the weather, it’s great to see it repaired with residents already enjoying sitting around the sculpture. I would encourage visitors to visit the sculpture and see all the different types of flowers and fruits hidden within its design.
The raised beds around the sculpture will be planted up later this year when it is a bit less hot.
The Council is asking residents to share their snaps and stories of the sculpture and other pieces of public art around the borough on social media by tagging @HackneyCouncil in their posts.