Unveiled in 1985 ‘Sanctuary’ at St Botolph without Aldgate church, London was designed by Naomi Blake. Born in Czechoslovakia she survived internment at Auschwitz concentration camp, and subsequently studied art at the Hornsey School of Art, London from 1955 – 1960. She is a fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
The sculpture itself is a ‘Seated androgynous figure beneath a large drooping leaf motif.’ It is made of fibreglass and sits on a rough concrete base.
The plaque reads:
‘SANCTUARY / BY NAOMI BLAKE / 1985 / TO ALL VICTIMS OF OPPRESSION’
Her work may also be found at the Holocaust centre in Nottinghamshire.