The Morecambe artist who created the Tyson Fury sculpture from drainpipes to unveil a new tribute to Picasso
The work is the screaming dove from Pablo Picasso’s 1937 painting Guernica (see left of screaming horse’s head).
The painting marked the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and the Nazi bombardment of the Basque village of Guernica, which caused many refugees to flee the area.
It will form part of the Basque Children’s Memorial in Town Quay Park, Southampton.
The inauguration of the memorial to Basque children and their supporters will take place on Saturday.
The Habana carried 3,862 refugee children from the port of Bilbao to the port of Southampton during the Spanish Civil War.
The memorial remembers both children and adults from Spain and Britain who helped them.
The unveiling will be carried out by José Pascual Marco, the Spanish Ambassador to the UK and a representative of the Basque government, the Mayor of Southampton, Councilor Jacque Rayment, and the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councilor Adam Manning.
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Earlier this year Padgett unveiled the world’s first public sculpture of three-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury at the Morecambe Ball, which went on sale for £28,000.
Last month Britain’s first public sculpture of Pablo Picasso (by Padgett) was also unveiled in Chiddingly, where Picasso stayed in 1950.
He said: “Picasso stayed in Chiddingly in 1950 with surrealists Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller at Farleys House. In 1938 Sir Roland Penrose organized a UK tour of the ‘Guernica’ painting to raise funds for the Spanish Republicans. “
Earlier this month, Padgett displayed his version of Guernica in his Art Boat, floating in Morecambe Bay. It was visited by swimmers from the open water swimming group.
He said: “There is a fascinating connection between Guernica and Morecambe. Picasso exhibited “Guernica” in the Spanish pavilion at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937.
“The Exhibition Amusement Park included a fairground ride called the Cyclone. When the exhibition was dismantled the main part of the Cyclone was shipped to Morecambe and was the main ride at the Morecambe Fair.
“Who knows, Picasso might have even climbed on it when he was in Paris.”