Tower Hamlets Council was declared the legal owner of the Henry Moore sculpture "Draped Seated Woman" at the High Court on the 8th of July. Mayor John Biggs immediately pledged to exhibit it locally.
A working group is being launched with a remit to consider where the sculpture should be exhibited. The working group will include representatives from the art community, local residents and members from the three parties on the council.
Cllr Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Culture, said:
"I’m delighted that we’re establishing this working group. The issue of where to host Old Flo will be discussed openly and will take all views into account, on a non-political basis. We currently have feasibility tests being carried out to identify possible locations and the working group will look at all of these.
“It’s important that there is community involvement in this decision and we will be updating residents as we go through this process.”
Mayor John Biggs said:
“When the council was declared the legal owner, I reiterated my intention to reverse the previous mayor’s decision to sell Henry Moore’s sculpture, Draped Seated Woman. I believe that it belongs to the people of east London and should be available locally for public enjoyment.
“I’m very pleased that a working group is being set up and we can now get on with choosing the right location for Old Flo to be based.”