Peter Pan Statue. Kensington Gardens
In 1912, J M Barrie paid Sir George Frampton to create the Peter Pan statue and on May 1 st that year it appeared, as if by magic.
Peter Pan is standing on a tree trunk watched by animals of the English countryside and delicate winged fairies. There was no pre-publicity or formal unveiling. The statue was erected secretly during the night and Barrie simply placed this announcement in The Times:
"There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree, with fairies and mice and squirrels all around. It is the work of Sir George Frampton, and the bronze figure of the boy who would never grow up is delightfully conceived."