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Charlie Warde made this etched copper plate (one of a series) to commemorate Robin Hood Gardens, a housing estate in Poplar, East London, completed in 1972 and now controversially being demolished. Architects Alison and Peter Smithson designed the estate to embody the ideals that inspired post-war social housing. the photo-etched surface has been gold-plated and polished in some areas to prevent oxidisation but left untreated in other to encourage patination - a reflection on the neglect and gentrification that has befallen many working class neighbourhoods.
Artist's multiple (edition of 9)
Etched, gold-plated and polished copper
Museum no. E.537-2018
28 May - 29 June 2018
Prints & Drawings Study Room
Tuesday - Friday, 10.00-17.00