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London’s ‘most dramatic sculpture’ - the Quadriga - gets a £250k scrub up

One of central London’s most famous landmarks is getting a proper scrub up after over a century’s wear and tear.

The is getting a scrub after over 100 years of London
The Quadriga – Europe’s largest bronze sculpture – is getting a scrub after over 100 years of  exposure to London’s traffic fumes, weather and bird droppings  Image by Timitrius / CC BY 2.0

The Quadriga, standing on top of London’s famous Wellington Arch, is Europe’s largest bronze sculpture.

The sculpture depicts four horses representing the forces of war being calmed by the angel of peace. It has looked out on Londoners and tourists alike since it was installed there in 1912.

The MailOnline reports that in the intervening years, its exposure to all sorts of weather, traffic fumes and bird faeces has taken it toll on how the once resplendent statue looks.

Riding to the rescue is English Heritage which has planned to clean, repair and re-wax what it says is one of the capital’s “most dramatic sculptures.”

Getting rid of the decades of dirt, grease and grime has been the first job for the charity which has also repaired its corrosion areas as well as the cracks and general damage the bronze artwork has suffered.

Costing a quarter of a million pounds, the renovation will be given the finishing touches over the coming weeks as several coats of clear wax are applied.

This will protect the sculpture from future erosion and damage.

English Heritage’s chief executive, Kate Mavor, said they were giving the four-horse chariot known as a quadriga -“the tending loving care it deserves.”

Ms Mavor said when finished, people would be able to enjoy a great work of art for years and years to come.

Work on the Quadriga sculpture is the first project undertaken by English Heritage in a plan to ‘make England shine.’