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Chopin statue, South Bank London

December 31, 2013

This statue of Chopin sits at the entrance to The Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.  These photos were taken in 2013.

The statue by Bronislaw Kubica was a gift from the people of Poland to the people of the UK in recognition of the countries’ mutual support during the Second World War and was first unveiled on the South Bank in 1975 by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.

The statue was removed for safe keeping during building works in the mid 1980s and remained out of public view until pressure from the Polish Heritage Society and the Chopin Society led the Southbank Centre to track down the its whereabouts.  The statue was once more unveiled on 18 May 2011 at a ceremony where the Duke of Gloucester did the honours.

The inscription on the base at the front reads: “Simplicity is the highest goal achievable when you overcome all difficulties”

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