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Creator of Stratford's 'Young Will' sculpture has passed away

Ian Hughes 14th Mar, 2017

THE CREATOR of the ‘Young Will’ Shakespeare sculpture in Bancroft Gardens has passed away.

Renowned sculptor Larry Holofcener, who gifted his sculpture to the Bard’s home town last year, died earlier this month.

His wife Julia wrote on Facebook: “The love of my life died on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Larry had had an amazing life and was ready to leave this world a little over a week after his 91st birthday. He was loved and admired by many, and his sculptures will live forever all over the world.”

The life-sized bronze statue – depicting the Bard as a young man on a bench – has become a favourite photo opportunity with visitors.

Mr Holofcener donated his work as part of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the playwright’s death.

And the artist travelled from his home in America to officially present the statue during a special ceremony which coincided with his then 90th birthday.

The former Broadway actor and director has created a number of celebrated pieces over the years.

His most famous work, ‘Allies’ in London’s Bond Street – where people can sit between a life-sized statue of Churchill and Roosevelt – is believed to be the most photographed sculpture in the country.

Stratford District Council has sent condolences to Julia and her family.

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