London To Get Sculpture Tribute To Anne Frank

By David Prudames | 04 November 2002
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initial sketches of the statue by sculptor Jonathan Wylder.

Left: initial sketches of the statue by sculptor Jonathan Wylder. © Jonathan Wylder.

A bronze statue of Anne Frank is to be sited in central London.

Honouring the sixtieth anniversary of the writing of her famous diary, sculptor Jonathan Wylder has pledged his own time to creating a lasting tribute to the tragic Jewish teenager.

The project's creators, The Anne Frank Trust UK, hope a permanent reminder of one of the last century's darkest moments will help create a more tolerant, inclusive and humane world.

Once finished, an appropriate outdoor location will be chosen for the statue to go on permanent display.

"To create a portrait of Anne Frank, so significant in the history of the last century, is a great honour for me," said Jonathan Wylder.

Anne Frank's diary offers a touching glimpse at life under extreme and terrifying circumstances.

Right: Anne Frank's diary offers a touching glimpse at life under extreme and terrifying circumstances. © AFF/AFS Amsterdam.

"Through her diary Anne communicates a very important message to us all and her words, her hopes for a just, tolerant society, free from inequality and suffering, are as relevant and as poignant today as they were sixty years ago."

Published in 1947 by her father Otto, The Diary of Anne Frank tells the incredible story of a group of Jewish people hiding in the annexe of an Amsterdam house during the German occupation.

A unique and treasured document, the diary was kept for the two years Anne and her family remained in hiding. Sadly it outlived its author, who died with her sister as a result of the appalling conditions at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

It is hoped that Arts Minister Baroness Blackstone will launch the project during a ceremony at Jonathan Wylder's London gallery on October 6.

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