Paolozzi had created a maquette for a sculpted head of Oscar Wilde but fell ill before it could be commissioned and the sculpture cast. The opportunity to cast the work and install it within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, where Eduardo lived and worked for over 40 years, has now emerged. The sculptor was born in 1924, so the intention is to instal the work in 2024 in order to mark the centenary of his birth.
Oscar Wilde lived in Chelsea for many years, as did his mother. Oscar and his wife Constance occupied and helped to design a house in Tite Street.
The Paolozzi Foundation intends to raise funds which, with the support of the Royal Borough, will enable the sculpture to be cast and installed in Chelsea, adjacent to the Kings Road. It will be cast in bronze by Pangolin, a West Country foundry with which Eduardo collaborated.
Stephen Fry played Oscar in the 1997 film “Wilde”. He has lent his full support to the project.
This will be a monumental work, bringing together two Titans of the arts who lived and worked in Chelsea.