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Dogs of Alcibiades’ return to stand guard at Victoria Park

PUBLISHED: 19:00 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:06 05 October 2010

REPLI CAS of the classic Dogs of Alcibiades’ statues are being lifted into place tomorrow at East London’s Victoria Park, at the Bonner Gate entrance, while the marble originals which are being repaired will be housed in a new community centre

REPLI CAS of the classic 'Dogs of Alcibiades' statues are being lifted into place tomorrow (Wednesday) to 'stand guard' at the gateway into East London's famous Victoria Park.

The replicas are being placed at the Bonner Gate entrance in Bethnal Green, while the marble originals which are having their muzzles, ears and legs repaired will be housed in a new community centre to be built in the east side of the park near Old Ford.

The fearsome hounds are based on a classical 5th century marble statue by Myron and have been in Vicky Park since it opened in the 1840s at Bonner Gate, which is named after one of the benefactors, Bloody Bishop Bonner, Queen Mary I's hatchet man.

They were restored by an East London company, Rupert Harris Conservation, and form the first part of Victoria Park's £2 million improvement project.

Experts at the firms worked from photographs they have taken of a similar sculpture at the British Museum, the Jennings Dog, using modelling clay to repair both statutes before they were sent to a mould maker.


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