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Christ the Gardener Spotted in Piccadilly

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Christ the Gardener Spotted in Piccadilly

Sitting having coffee in the church yard of St James's in Piccadilly I was amazed to spot this "new" sculpture.


It is "Christ the Gardener" by Nigel Ellis and dates, I think, from 1987. The reason I was amazed is that I must have sat in that churchyard dozens of times over the years, I even went there for lunch-breaks when I worked on Piccadilly in 1987, maybe I was there the day the head was unveiled!

London constantly throws up such surprises, even in in the most familiar of locations. Judging by my Google search,

it doesn't appear that many other people have noticed it either! If you would like to see it for yourself, it is on the western wall of the church, facing over the once Biblically themed gardens. There is a scrap of a biography of Nigel Ellis here.

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