LIFE SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF CAPABILITY BROWN BY LAURY DIZENGREMEL
LIFE SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF CAPABILITY BROWN BY LAURY DIZENGREMEL     

Richard Jackson, the Project Leader, writes:

As a long-standing Hammersmith resident, I was surprised to discover Capability Brown had lived there, by the Thames, for thirteen years. Very few local people knew of this, and the forthcoming tercentenary of his birth in 2016 was fast approaching. Somehow this event could not pass by without it being commemorated.

With support from John Phibbs, the eminent Brown historian, and Gilly Drummond, the Chairman of the Capability Brown 300 Festival, the project proved to be a roller coaster with various sites put forward and dismissed by local objectors.

We built up a small, determined and passionate team consisting of myself, Rosemary Pettit (a fellow enthusiast with wonderful local knowledge and formidable skills) and the talented internationally known sculptor, Laury Dizengremel.

LAURY DIZENGREMEL AND RICHARD JACKSON

Rosemary and I garnered the support of the Hammersmith Society for the project. For over 50 years, this non-profit, local amenity society has tirelessly campaigned for the preservation and improvement of the built environment of Hammersmith.

The Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Cllr. Stephen Cowan, was an enthusiastic supporter of the statue project and it was to him we turned on several occasions to free us from the inevitable planning logjams. A riverside site received planning approval from the council in December 2016.

During late 2016 and early 2017, sufficient funds were raised from generous private donors, charities, and corporate benefactors to make the statue a reality.

By late May 2017 everything was ready, and the statue was unveiled by Gilly Drummond OBE DL and the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr. Mike Cartwright in front of a large crowd of local residents and Brown supporters.

The statue is a permanent, national and public legacy to the great man and has already been taken to heart by the people of Hammersmith.