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Ian Walters

Ian Homer Walters, sculptor, born April 9 1930; died August 6 2006

Ians father owned a garage and it was there that Ian developed a desire to use the tools and create things with his hands.

A committed socialist from his schooldays, Walters took part in Josip Broz Tito's public sculpture programmes in Yugoslavia in the early 1960s and worked with the African National Congress in the 1970s.

Walters was educated at Yardley Grammar school and under William Bloye at the Birmingham School of Art. After National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps[1] he taught sculpture first at Stourbridge College of Art and then from 1957 to 1981 at Guildford School of Art.

His work includes the memorial to the International Brigades in Jubilee Gardens South Bank, London and a large head of Nelson Mandela (now outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London). He had finished the 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) clay sculpture for the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square, but died of cancer before it was cast in bronze. He also sculpted a statue of Fenner Brockway in London, a statue of Harold Wilson in Huddersfield. A statue of Stephen Hawking at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge was his last public work.

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