Forging a Green Icon in Deptford..and it’s not the Hulk!

Deptford Foundry
5 months ago

The Green Man, officially launched at Anthology’s Deptford Foundry on 24 April 2019. It encapsulates Deptford’s rich industrial heritage, and this site’s previous history as a working foundry, named Stones Foundry, established in 1881.

The sculpture is inspired by former foundry worker, Bill Waldren. Bill earned the nickname ‘Green Man’, due to working with copper, which left a green tinge to his skin.

In his time as a Founder, Bill 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 is holding 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 to Deptford Foundry. The team at London Bronze Casting helped create a 3D scan of Bill together with two of its employees, Sally and Vince.

Discover the Green Man journey by watching the below videos.

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To find out more about London Bronze Casting, visit their website.