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Two Pupils Statue, Kings Road, London

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published May 3rd 2019
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You can guarantee there is always something amazing to discover in London, even when faced with one of the most seemingly common of items. As you can see from the pictures, here there seems a rather innocent looking young boy jumping over a bollard, but on further inspection there is more than meets the eye.

If you follow the gaze of the statue you can see that the boy is looking directly across at another statue perched on a rock - a young female, who is looking directly at him. So is this a little courtship ritual being displayed, or just a little bit of 'showing off' from the boy?

The story behind the sculpture is even more interesting. To give it its proper title - 'Two Pupils' is a piece of street sculpture, made by the artist Allister Bowtell, and installed around 2002. The bollard (post) that the boy is jumping over is very typical of the area - the name - a Hans Town 1819 bollard - is very typical of this area, especially in the part where the sculpture can be found, called Hans Town itself.

Allister Bowtell was also noteworthy. During his life he wasn't only a street furniture maker, a/he was was the original Cyberman creator from Doctor Who, as well as a famous face around this area. He made models, some of which became very famous on shows like Monty Python. So, next time you are in the area, spare a glance for the little boy jumping, he has quite the story behind him.

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