Winston Churchill statue
Public Art: Winston Churchill statue
Sculptor: © Ivor Roberts-Jones (November 2nd,
1913 – December 9th, 1996)
Description: A 3.7m (12ft) bronze statue of British
Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The statue depicts an elderly Churchill facing the Palace of Westminster,
dressed in his military greatcoast and with his hand resting on his walking stick .
Date Unveiled: The Winston Churchill statue was
unveiled by his widow Lady Clementine Spencer-Churchill on the 1st November, 1973. During the ceremony
Queen Elizabeth II gave a speech. Also in attendance was the Queen Mother, the serving Prime Minister,Edward
Heath, and four former Prime Ministers.
Cost : £32,000 by public subscription.
Location: The statue of Winston Churchill is located
in Parliament Square on the north-eastern edge of the green, facing east toward parliament, London.
Winston Churchill statue trivia:
In the 1950s Winston Churchill was already eyeing off a location for his future statue and declared
that this is "where my statue will go" when viewing redevelopment plans for Parliament Square. He eventually got
his wish in 1973.
At one stage they proposed to include on the statue a series of spikes protruding from Winston
Churchill's head to stop the birds sitting and pooping on him.
Queen Elizabeth declined the invitation to unveil the statue because she believed it was more
appropiate for his widow to have the honour.
The statue is often the target of vandals. In 1999, Churchill was covered in red paint by May Day
protesters. They also placed a tuff of grass on top of his head giving him a grass mohawk. In 2010 student
protesters graffitied the statue and urinated on it.