There's A Statue Of Darcey Bussell On Oxford Street

By M@ Last edited 27 months ago
There's A Statue Of Darcey Bussell On Oxford Street

How many times have you walked along Oxford Street? Dozens, probably. But we bet you never noticed the statue inspired by Darcey Bussell.

A bronze likeness of the former ballerina and Strictly star perches above the entrance to The Plaza, the now-closed shopping and food court on the eastern stretch of Oxford Street.

Officially known as Dancer With Ribbon, the sinuous statue was created by sculptor Michael Rizzello in 1997, when Bussell was well into her career as a prima ballerina.

We're not sure if Bussell was a regular in the Plaza's food court — which included such highlights as a KFC and a toilet — but she did visit the area in 2015 to switch on the Regent Street Christmas lights.

The statue was commissioned in 1996, when the old Bourne & Hollingsworth building was redeveloped into the Plaza. The building is once again undergoing redevelopment, this time to create a flagship store for Next. We hope the Darcey statue survives to the next round.

Last Updated 26 October 2016