'Distress' caused over hospital painting destruction

PUBLISHED: 07:40 10 August 2014

Rosie Smith with a tile paitning of Rodney Legg earlier this year.

Rosie Smith with a tile paitning of Rodney Legg earlier this year.

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AN ARTIST has hit out at the 'thoughtless destruction' of a piece of artwork she donated to Weston General Hospital.

Weston Promenade as painted by Rosie Smith.Weston Promenade as painted by Rosie Smith.

Rosie Smith gave a ceramic tile painting of Weston promenade in 1993 only to now find out by chance it was destroyed last year, despite a contract with the hospital saying it must inform her if any damage was sustained.

It was displayed in the Quattock Unit but during renovation work last year appears to have been discarded.

Mrs Smith raised her concerns with the hospital board, which has since told her it will investigate with the contractors what happened.

She only realised what happened to her ‘painstaking’ creation, when she paid a visit to the ward recently.

Mrs Smith said: “I am hugely distressed at the thoughtless destruction of a piece of artwork that I feel to have been amongst my best.

“The lost painting represents over four months of work. It’s unbearable to think it ended up in a builder’s skip.”

She feels had the contractors told her the work needed moving, it could have been done so safely because she managed it in 2001 with another tile painting that was then in the hospital reception.

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society has also written to the hospital expressing its unhappiness with what happened.

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