Denmark Hill Station Maternity Sculpture

Outside what looks like a row of houses, but are not, is a large metal sculpture, depicting motherhood, by the Greek sculptor, Fanis Rachoutis.

The sculpture is said to represent a “curvilinear pregnant female form” and was inspired by the ancient sculptures of the mother goddess of ancient civilizations, which is appropriate since the sculptor is Greek.

Now, you might think that having a large public artwork next to your backyard would be a bit of a problem for people looking at it, and probably in your living room window. In fact, take a close look at the row of houses and you may find that they are not houses at all.

The eastern row of houses are a preserved facade, and the backs were removed in 2014/5 as part of the land development behind for the Fetal Medicine Research Institute. The buildings were reconstructed after the creation of the new medical center, and inside are medical consultation rooms, not houses.

So while this side of the street looks traditional, the sculpture is not only decorative, but also serves as an orientation point for the medical center behind the “houses” for people coming from the train station.


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