London Bronze Casting reveals ‘The Green Man’ at Anthology’s Deptford Foundry
In legacy of Deptford and
its history, London Developer Anthology recently hosted the unveiling of a
magnificent bronze sculpture named ‘The Green Man’ at its flagship Deptford
The Green Man, which officially launched on 24 April, encapsulates Deptford’s rich industrial heritage, and the site’s previous history as a working foundry.
Deptford Foundry, which is now home to a new community of residents and artists, was once home to Stones Foundry, established in 1881. The Green Man sculpture is inspired by the hard graft of foundry work, the pouring, sanding and machining of copper alloys that leaves a green tint on the skin of the foundry workers. Bill Waldren a lifelong foundry man is the model for the artwork & helped to create the sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill located in Westminster, the Queen Mother’s Gate at Hyde Park and Fred Perry’s Wimbledon sculpture.
The two propellers The Green Man figure holds represent the ship propellers created from the Foundry. Stones Foundry supported the shipbuilding industry in nearby Greenwich and created propellers for numerous ships, including RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The experts behind the sculpture are from London Bronze Casting, a local Deptford business, located next door to Anthology’s Deptford Foundry homes. The team at London Bronze Casting helped create a 3D scan of Bill together with two of its employees, Sally and Vince.
Tom Winstanley, Director of London Bronze Casting said:
“This whole journey began when Anthology approached us about creating a legacy befitting of the site’s history and we are proud to have been a part of installing this sculpture which will form part of the area’s history. To see the sculpture, develop from inception through to creation and now come to life at its new home has been a great experience.
“We wanted to create a piece that gave justice to the site’s unique history and I hope the Green Man can be enjoyed for years and by generations to come.”
Steve Bangs, Managing Director of Anthology, said at the event:
“At Anthology, we are nothing without the communities which have made the areas we build in so special. Community is at the centre of everything we do, and at Deptford Foundry, we wanted to create a legacy that everyone can enjoy and discover for years to come.
“It’s been wonderful to see the Green Man settle into its new surroundings and I’m pleased we were joined at our unveiling event by the local community, including new residents at Deptford Foundry, who take great pride in its history.”
The sculpture can be found in the Eastern Square of Deptford Foundry for all to view, alongside a plaque which provides the story of the Green Man, and a QR code for those who want to find out more.