The pipe, the razor and the revolver were removed from the Van Gogh monument in London

Controversial items related to the artist’s life were withdrawn due to fears that they might be associated with drugs, a knife and a firearm.The monument to Vincent van Gogh in Brixton, London, was decided to be redone in order to avoid any alleged links to crime in the south of the British capital. Originally, the sculpture was supposed to be installed on a pedestal, which included still-life. Still-life is a pictorial genre focusing on the depiction of the objective world. The name "still life" comes from the French nature morte or Italian natura morta, which translates as "dead nature." In a still life depict inanimate objects, compositionally located in a realistic space. Read further with the objects that belonged to the artist's life path. These were tubes of paint, a smoking pipe (the one depicted in the painting “Chair” from the National Gallery), a dangerous razor (like the one the artist had crippled his ear) and a revolver (similar to the one from which he had shot himself). All these objects were to symbolize the unity of creativity and destruction.Modified monument to Vincent van Gogh in London Brixton. Source: The Art Newspaper

Vincent van Gogh, The Chair with the Pipe (1888). National Gallery, London
Anthony Padgett, a sculptor from Lancashire, has recently made several van Gogh busts with still lifes on pedestals for the places where the artist worked - in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. And only in Brixton the pipe, the razor and the revolver were considered problematic.
In informal conversations with officials, the author was not threatened with a revocation of the permission to install, but gently hinted that it would be better if he removed these things. Padgett assessed the risks and redid the sculpture, and the district council approved its installation for the next 15 years.

Now the bust is open in the garden not far from Hackford Road, where Van Gogh lived in 1873 - 1874. It was there that he fell in love with the daughter of his landlady, Eugene Loyer, but the girl rejected him and married another tenant. Anthony Padgett added less controversial elements to the monument - a few books and two sunflowers.
“The Hackford Road district is beautiful, but the pipe, the razor and the pistol can be a problem where there is a high crime rate,” said the author himself. “Concerns about these items show the strength they still have, and help convey the reality of the suffering that Van Gogh experienced.”British artist Anthony Padgett with a sculptural portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Source: The Art Newspaper Creating the sculpture, Anthony Padgett carefully studied 35 self-portraits of Van Gogh and two photographs of the young post-impressionist, as well as several of his portraits by other artists, in particular, Henri de Toulouse-Lotrek and John Russell. Along with this, Padgett wrote a series of paintings inspired by the works of Van Gogh, and also shot a performance based on Sunflowers and the artist’s history in a mental hospital. At the same time, the author himself warns that the short film “may not be to everyone’s taste.” Arthiv: read us in Telegram and see on Instagram
Based on The Art Newspaper. Main illustration: a fragment of the original design by Anthony Padgett for the monument to Vincent van Gogh