Friday, 20 August 2010

Preston Park 4

This plastic monstrosity may look passable to those who don't recall the original. It replaced a fine lion mask bronze casting which just disappeared overnight about 10 years ago. It was during a period when the rose garden and formal pool were suffering a period of neglect and travellers' vans parked along Preston Park Avenue. The rose garden was subsequently very beautifully  restored with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund but money obviously did not stretch to bronze castings. Indeed, what is the point if it is liable to be simply plundered again?

The fountain appears to be plumbed in but I have not seen it working since before the restoration work. Perhaps it needs a new pump.

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