Yorkshire Sculpture Park has confirmed it has had no contact from Tower Hamlets Council regarding the future of the ‘Old Flo’ sculpture.
After the council was confirmed as the legal owner of the Henry Moore work, Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs hinted the statue may return to east London.
But a spokeswoman for the Wakefield sculpture park, where the piece is currently on loan, said there had not been an approach by the council.
She said: “The sculpture has been here since 1997 and we feel really pleased to be able to show the work.
“As yet we have not had any contact from the council about taking it back to London and nothing is in the pipeline.”
“Although we would be sad to see it go, we would be happy for the sculpture to remain in the public realm where people can see it.”
The comments came in response to John Biggs’ statement that he wanted the sculpture, officially called The Draped Seated Woman, to be available “locally”.
“I am delighted Tower Hamlets has been confirmed as the owner of ‘Old Flo’,” he said. “I want to reiterate my intention to reverse the previous mayor’s decision to sell Henry Moore’s sculpture, Draped Seated Woman.
“I believe that it belongs to the people of east London and should be available locally for public enjoyment.”
The sculpture was purchased by the London County Council in 1962 and then placed near three tower blocks on the recently constructed Stifford Estate in Stepney.