Statues Of 8 Sportswomen And Activists Have Appeared In Front Of Tower Bridge

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 10 months ago
Statues Of 8 Sportswomen And Activists Have Appeared In Front Of Tower Bridge
colourful statues of female sports personalities at night, with tower bridge illuminated in the background
The statues are made from sustainably-recycled marine farmed waste plastics, and will be here for roughly two weeks (from 18 February) © Adidas

3D printed statues of eight prominent sportswomen and activists have appeared on London's South Bank.

The colourful statues — installed by sports brand Adidas, and appearing in red, blue and green — are of:

  • Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal footballer)
  • Eniola Aluko (footballer and commentator)
  • Francesca Brown (footballer and CEO of Goals4Girls)
  • Ellie Goldstein (dancer and model)
  • Emily Scarratt (rugby player)
  • Tanya Compas (youth worker and LGBTQ+ activist)
  • Asma Elbadawi (basketballer, poet and activist)
  • Sherrie Silver (dancer, choreographer, and U.N. advocate)
Eniola Aluko. © Adidas

Adidas says it hope that the figures — which are crafted from a 3D scan of each person, and made from sustainably-recycled marine farmed waste plastics — will help push for greater representation of women in London, and "inspire the next generation of changemakers."

© Adidas
© Adidas

Although gradually improving, London's recognition of women — and especially BAME women — through statues and plaques remains poor. Adidas says that 21% of the city's statues are of men, and a further 8% of animals. Women, it claims, are the subject of just 4% of London's public statues.

Dancer and model Ellie Goldstein is one of eight figures represented on the South Bank. © Adidas

Adidas is also using the statues to promote its new sports bra collection, which has been released following research that over 90% of women could be wearing the wrong size.

Emily Scarratt. © Adidas
Viv Miedema. © Adidas

Among the permanent statues of inspiring women you can see elsewhere in London are those of activist Millicent Fawcett, nurse Mary Seacole and spy Noor Inayat Khan (although this one's a bust).

© Adidas

English Heritage has previously admitted that representation of women in the city could be much better, and is encouraging public proposals for more blue plaques for female figures.

Francesca Brown. © Adidas

The Adidas statues will remain on the South Bank for around two weeks (from 18 February), before moving on to take up longer-term placements elsewhere in the UK.

Last Updated 18 February 2022

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