One of best features of the building we occupy on Burlington Gardens is the statues on the façade: serried ranks of figures from the British and European past (‘English worthies’ and ‘illustrious foreigners’) whose subject specialisms – art, science, medicine and law – reveal that the building was originally designed as the headquarters of the University of London. As part of David Chipperfield’s plans for the renovation of the building, we’ve just had Linnaeus restored. It shows how wonderful the building will look once the façade has been properly cleaned and repaired, the bird shit removed, and the building restored to its full mid-Victorian, late neoclassical glory. Here is Linnaeus:
Here is Leibnitz unrestored:
And Adam Smith:
Now we only need £100k per statue to restore them.