The famous Robin Hood statue near Nottingham Castle is to be re-cast into an identical statue and presented as a gift to Nottingham’s sister city in Ningbo, China.
The gift of the world-famous Robin Hood statue further cements the existing relationship between Nottingham and Ningbo and helps to raise the profile of Nottingham in China – one of the world’s fastest growing economies – forging important links in trade, education, and research between the two cities.
Flexural Composites Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University, Richard Arm, will start work on Monday 3th August, taking a mould of the Robin Hood statue.
This process is anticipated to take four to six days. During this period the statue will be fenced off to enable the moulding to take place, although members of the public will be able to see the work progressing.
The moulding process has been used on delicate and valuable artefacts across the world such as ancient Mesopotamian plaques and will not damage the statue in any way.
In fact, the moulding process and subsequent cleaning of the statue will leave it looking as it did when it was first cast and unveiled in 1952.
Once completed, Richard will use the mould in the university studio to cast a full-size replica Robin Hood statue.
This statue will then be flown out to Ningbo in China in time for an official unveiling ceremony during the Nottingham trade mission to Ningbo from 2nd to 11th November.
The trade mission will provide Nottingham businesses with a great opportunity to further develop the commercial links that have grown so strongly over the last 10 years since Nottingham and Ningbo became sister cities.
The University of Nottingham became the first foreign university to establish an independent campus in China, which opened to students in 2004.
The University of Nottingham campus in Ningbo mirrors that of Nottingham, complete with lake and its own version of Nottingham’s famous Trent Building.
With the gift of the replica Robin Hood statue, Ningbo will soon also boast another iconic Nottingham landmark.
The family of the sculptor of the Robin Hood statue, the late James Woodford OBE, RA, has given its full support for this project.
James Woodford, son of the sculptor of the Robin Hood statue, said: “The family is delighted that one of my father’s most iconic works is to be perpetuated in this way and I am sure my father would have been very pleased.”
Nottingham City Council leader, councillor Jon Collins, said: “Robin Hood is famous the world over as a hero and icon. We recognise that the Robin Hood legend is a vital asset for the city of Nottingham.
“It is an honour to present a replica of our Robin Hood statue to the people of Ningbo.
“This gift reinforces the very close bond we have forged with the city of Ningbo which is to the mutual benefit of both cities, our citizens, and our business communities. We are very happy to be able to pay tribute to Ningbo in this way.”