Artist Puts Magaret Thatcher's Severed Head On Spike In Her Home Town
Thirty-four-year-old Mark Robla worked under the cover of darkness to erect his own tribute - of sorts - to the former Conservative PM at the site where a £300,000 bronze figure will stand in Grantham.
He got up at the crack of dawn on Sunday to stick the unusual piece onto the top of the pedestal that will one day house a three-metre-tall statue of 'The Iron Lady', commemorating her birth in the area.
While Maggie might have some fans left in that particular part of Lincolnshire, Robla says that he bears her no love, and decided to spend five months making his own version of the statue - an act that he claims could have saved South Kesteven District Council a heap of cash.
His five-foot-tall creation is made out of plaster and an office chair that cost a fiver - and you have to admit, it's a striking piece.
He's also added a handbag - well, she was famous for them - at the bottom for effect.
The intrepid sculptor explained: "I moved to Grantham about a year ago from North Wales where Thatcher isn't too popular.
"I had seen the statue was going to be unveiled and thought I might as well do my own version and I've saved the council hundreds of thousands of pounds.
"I started off making a full figure but the arms kept falling off over time so I had a bit of an episode [and] decided to stick her head to a pike.
"I have been trying to get it all done and made before the council officially put the statue up. I'll be amazed if it's still standing today."
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So, at four in the morning yesterday he set off to erect his work, which cost him £100 - a saving of £299,900 on the original bronze figure.
Mark continued: "If it's up for a week I will be happy, but it's up to the council. They will take it down themselves - it hasn't done any damage to the plinth though.
"I suppose a big part of British history was obviously cutting people's heads off in castles and things like that, it's a traditional thing.
"I think having her head on a pike on a plinth to show it wasn't necessarily a celebration of her.
"Originally I wanted her to have bags of coal around the bottom but she's actually got her hand holding onto her handbag instead, which works a bit better visually."
As for his own views of Maggie, he added: "I'm from quite a working-class family and most of them are traditional Welsh and Scousers as well, so I think both sides weren't big fans of hers.
"A lot of my thoughts about Margaret Thatcher come from being Welsh - mines closed down and she was never a positive figure in our household growing up.
"I know my dad was always cursing her name when anything to do with Hillsborough came up.
"But from what I have noticed, she's very chalk and cheese and some people like her and some don't.
"But I know a lot more people didn't like her for what she did to the community where I grew up in North Wales."
The actual statue is currently being stored at a secret location ahead of an unveiling ceremony that is set to cost taxpayers £100,000 once the pandemic is finished.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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