Restored Churchill and Roosevelt bench unveiled in Bond Street

Original bench was designed by the late Lawrence Holofcener

Friday, 10th November 2017 — By Helen Chapman

Churchill bench

Lawrence Holofcener’s widow Julia poses on the new bench

A LIFE-size bronze sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt chatting on a bench has been unveiled by the late sculptor Lawrence Holofcener’s widow Julia.

Allies became a popular landmark after it first appeared on Bond Street in 1995, marking 50 years of peace since the end of World War II. The unveiling of Allies is part of the Westminster Council and the New West End Company £10million New West End investment package.

At the unveiling Ms Holofcener (pictured) said: “We are thrilled to see Allies restored to its former glory and are so glad that the city council and New West End Company have chosen to invest in this historic piece of work.”

Robert Davis, cabinet member for business, culture and heritage, said: “Good public art should be meaningful and engaging. Lawrence Holofcener’s statue is an important symbol of our friendship with our friends in the United States while offering today’s visitors a great opportunity for a selfie.”

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