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The School's Odette sculptures

A baby elephant and a penguin stand on the plaza outside the library, and an eagle's head by the steps down to Tower One. 

Why are they here? The statues are a donation from Canadian businessman Louis Odette, a 1944 alumnus of the General Course and a noted patron of sculptures to public spaces. The Odette Sculpture Park in Windsor, Canada, was made possible through his and his wife's generosity and that of the P & L Foundation.

Their installation was generously assisted through donations from the School's alumni to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund raises vital unrestricted funds to support scholarships, student services and facilities at the School.

There are eleven sculptures in total. Putting them in appropriate places involved planning permission from Westminster Council, health and safety considerations and much discussion with the Arts Advisory Group, Estates and Mr Odette himself.

Professor Sarah Worthington, former chair of the Arts Advisory Group, said: "The sculptures are a generous gift from Mr Odette, negotiated for the School by our previous director, Professor Lord Giddens, and previous Secretary Dr Christine Challis. We hope students, staff and the public enjoy seeing these works of art around campus. The School is actively trying both to improve the environment and enhance the cultural dimension of the student experience here. Various groups within the School are contributing to this endeavour, and suggestions for new ventures can be made directly to the Arts Advisory Group or through the Students' Union.'

The sculptures, which were all in place at the end of May 2006 are:

Baby_Tembo Baby Tembo, a bronze by Derrik Hudson, on the John Watkins Plaza
Eagle Eagle, a bronze by A Duquette, by the steps to Tower One
 Tiger Tiger, a bronze by A Duquette, in Bankside's reception area
Unions Unions, a bronze by Bruce Watson, in the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
 Galaxy Galaxy, a bronze by Gerald Gladstone, on the balcony of the Shaw Library
Small_Wave  Small Wave, a cast bronze by Ted Bieler, in STICERD, Lionel Robbins Building
 Penguin Penguin, painted aluminium by Yolanda vanderGaast,  on the John Watkins Plaza
 Fates The 3 Fates, in bronze steel by Morton Katz, opposite Tower Three
 Equus Equus, in stainless steel by Edwina Sandys, on John Watkins Plaza.

A formal ceremony took place in summer 2006 once all the sculptures were in place.

Web links: Odette Sculpture Park