This large bronze sculpture was produced originally for the Festival of Britain and sponsored by the Lockhead Hydraulic Brake Company.
It was cast by Galizia Foundry - Battersea, London. The model was Joyce Odiase. The National Portrait Gallery have acquired two photos of Fleischmann working on the sculpture with Joyce Odiase modelling. The photos can be found here
After the Festival the bronze statue was transported to Leamington Spa and erected at the Lockhead Brake Factory head office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England. It became a permanent feature and symbol of the area.
The sculpture was still working as a fountain gushing water from the mouths of the fish and turtle right up until it was stolen from the site in December 2001. If you have any information on it's whereabouts, please contact FineArtFacts immediately.
Description: Arthur Fleischmann created a fountain for the Festival of Britain. The sculpture, commissioned by the Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Company, was displayed in London's Festival Gardens.
Title: Arthur Fleischmann: Travelling Sculptor - Courtauld Gallery Essay Author: Mr Dominique Fleischmann Dated: 2004 Type: Web Page
Title: BBC News Online Article about Theft of Miranda Author: Mr Dominique Fleischmann Dated: 2002 Type: Web Page
Title: Battersea Park Memaid with Legs Author: Withheld Dated: 2011 Description: An article by Gillian Sutch, a member of the Friends of Battersea Park. Type: Web Page
Title: The Leamington Society Newsletter - February 2006 Author: Withheld Dated: 2006 Type: Web Page
Title: Festival of Britain 60th Anniversary Exhibition Press Release Author: Withheld Dated: 2011 Type: Web Page
Title: New Campaign to find stolen statue Author: Withheld Dated: 2003 Type: Web Page
Title: Museum of London Photo Collection Author: Withheld Dated: 2011 Type: Web Page
Title: Warwickshire Industrial Archeology Society Newsletter - Sep 2003 Author: Withheld Dated: 2003 Type: Web Page
Title: Arthur Fleischmann International Artist And Sculptor 1896-1990 Author: Withheld Dated: 1998 Description: Essay by John Ratcliffe published by The Plastics Historical Society. Type: Web Page
Name: Miranda Private View Invitation - 1951 Author: W (J) Betts Dated: 1951 Type: Invitation
Name: Confirming that they will purchase the Miranda fountain for £4000 Author: N. E. Riddihough Dated: 1951 Description: Confirming that they will purchase the Miranda fountain for £4000 to be paid in installments, and inviting AF to lunch. Includes full purchase agreement enclosed as an attachment. Type: Letter