The statue shows Peter Pan standing on a tree trunk which is covered in sculptures of animals and fairies. In an act of mild-moderate anarchy that, in marked contrast to the current violence and unrest, was beneficial to the wider community, the statue was secretly erected overnight without permission of the park authorities being sought or a formal unveiling. J M Barrie announced in 'The Times' the next day that the work, by George Frampton, had been placed there.
The detail is exquisite and it looks like many have appreciated it over the years. There are shiny patches on the bronze where big and little hands have given some of the creatures, a stroke. The rabbits that Louis is seen admiring have golden ears in contrast to their brown bodies, a legacy to years of being admired and touched.
Unfortunately, we didn't have long there and I want to go back again and make a photographic catalogue of all the creatures that I can find nestling on the bronze tree. So, I'll plan my visit soon and stand up to these thugs in a small way by not postponing my trip for fear of being caught up in trouble. Why should our tourist industry and other businesses suffer because of the actions of these vacuous selfish people?