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Striding Man Sculpture in Forecourt of William Penn School

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwark, London

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Latitude: 51.4556 / 51°27'20"N

Longitude: -0.0883 / 0°5'17"W

OS Eastings: 532917

OS Northings: 174693

OS Grid: TQ329746

Mapcode National: GBR HL.0D7

Mapcode Global: VHGR6.FN5Z

Plus Code: 9C3XFW46+6M

Entry Name: Striding Man Sculpture in Forecourt of William Penn School

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385809

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471221

Location: Champion Hill, Southwark, London, SE24

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: South Camberwell

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Dulwich St Barnabas

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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(South West side)
"Striding Man" sculpture in forecourt of William Penn School


Sculpture. Commissioned 1959, installed 1962, sculptor Oliffe
Richmond. Bronze, six feet high on concrete plinth. A tall,
stooping figure that displays different qualities from
different angles, with its claw-like feet, knotted and
elongated legs, hunched back and heavy burden. The tension of
movement caught in stasis recalls Rodin's headless 'L'Homme
qui Marche', while the battered, vulnerable form and striated
surface is reminiscent of the work of Giacometti. Richmond
(1919-1977) came from Tasmania in 1948 and later worked for
Henry Moore before embarking on a teaching career. His work is
not well known, but this is one of the outstanding pieces
commissioned by the London County Council, the leading patron
of public art in the period 1945-65.

Listing NGR: TQ3291774693

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