Take a close look at these diminutive sculptures. Four show famous figures associated with London — but all have something else in common. Freddie Mercury fled Zanzibar during the island’s revolution. Lucian Freud became a British citizen after escaping Nazi Germany. Sir John Houblon was the first Governor of the Bank of England, but only after fleeing Catholic persecution in France. And architect Richard Rogers altered the skyline of London after leaving Fascist Italy in the 1930s. In short, all are high-profile refugees.
The four models, along with a depiction of a Syrian family with an aid worker, will be placed around London between 17 June and 23 June to mark Red Cross Refugee Week 2013.
The models were created by the astonishingly talented Marcus Crocker, whose work we’ve previously featured. These latest pieces will be on show in front of buildings they are associated with. His models aim to raise awareness of the refugee roots of some very famous people, while celebrating their impact on British history and heritage. The public are invited to track them down and take a look. Follow the British Red Cross blog next week, or hashtag #RefugeeWeek for more.