Paolozzi sculpture at Euston is one of many works of art left to rot | Letters

By Letters

We are concerned that no one is taking responsibility for Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's abstract head Piscator at Euston station in London (Valuable sculpture left to rot because no one wants to claim it, 29 November). This is part of a familiar story. Historic England is campaigning to save postwar public art and has warned that some of this art, created by some of the most important artists of the 20th century, is disappearing. We have revealed that a growing number of sculptures, architectural friezes and murals – made after the second world war for the public to enjoy – are not being cared for. Many have been destroyed, sold, lost or stolen.

Historic England has been assessing postwar sculpture across England to build a better picture of the best examples of late 20th century sculptural art works. We can certainly explore the listing of Piscator. Listing identifies England's most special and important buildings and structures. However, it is not an automatic solution for ensuring long-term maintenance and upkeep – this is ultimately the responsibility of owners who serve as guardians of our national heritage. This would also help inform the change about to happen at Euston station.
Roger Bowdler
Director of listing, Historic England

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