Maddi Bridgeman, Henry Hutchins and Kevin Kelway in front of the Lenkiewicz mural, which they want to save
Henry Hutchins, chief executive of Clever Student Lets, says it is a “disgrace” that the 3,000sq ft Barbican mural is neglected and crumbling
He is now publicly urging those behind the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations to look at restoring the enormous artwork, originally painted in 1972.
City councillor Maddi Bridgeman and Henry Hutchins holding an image of how the Lenkiewicz mural used to look before it became weather beaten
Meanwhile, Maddi Bridgeman, a businesswomen and Tory city councillor, said she is prepared to use some of her community grant to kick-start a crowdfunding drive to at least protect the mural.
Cllr Bridgeman, whose father was painted by Lenkiewicz in the 1980s, said: “This is our history and we should be celebrating it. I’d forgotten just how beautiful it (the mural) was.”
Mr Hutchins said the mural remains a huge draw and added: “When we came to look at it there were two people photographing it.
“Lenkiewicz is one of the greatest 20th Century artists and probably the greatest Plymouth has produced.
“I met Robert two or three times, you won’t find anyone in Plymouth who does not know him.
“We should show this to the world – it would be a real tourist draw.”
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