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restored over the years, with mostof the iron armature of the Londonversion having to be replaced inthe 1990s when it was found tobe rusty. The moulds were put ondisplay in the RA exhibition in1986, but no casts were madefrom them at that time. The FineArts Society was given licence toproduce just 10 castings from themoulds, and the new generation of casts emerged gradually overthe following decades. Of the nine already made, eight wereprivate commissions to adorngardens and atria out of thegeneral gaze, and only one is on public view, at the Art Museumof South Australia in Adelaide.The statue was actually anexperimental piece for Gilbert; thefirst public sculpture to be madefrom the then newly-discoveredmetal, aluminium. He found thatthe posture of the figure, leaningforward and balanced on the toesof a single foot, could not besustained in the usual bronze,which would be too heavy. Thenew metal also gave Gilbert thepatina effect of silvery brightnessthat he wanted. Below:The 12th and final castof Eros will be on display at theV&A from 2 April12NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2011www.nadfas.org.ukARTS NEWSArts NewsArts and heritage updates from around the country. Compiled by Simon TaitSoon to be unveiled: Eros's final bowPhysiotherapistchosen asFolkestone'striennial mermaid A 38-year-old local mother of twohas been chosen as the model forFolkestone's own mermaid inanswer to the famous figure inCopenhagen's harbour. GeorginaBaker, a part-time physiotherapist,has been selected from womenwho submitted photographs ofthemselves for the sculpture to bemade by former Turner Prize finalistCornelia Parker. The eventualstatue will be part of theFolkestone Triennial later this year. The last Eros has been cast, readyfor the V&A's major springexhibition, The Cult of Beauty: TheAesthetic Movement in Britain1860-1900, which opens on 2April. Commissioned by the FineArts Society for the exhibition,founder Farquar Laing of Black IsleBronze has made the 12th andfinal cast of the Alfred Gilbertstatue, originally created as part ofthe memorial fountain to the Earl ofShaftesbury at Piccadilly Circus.The Piccadilly Eros was the onlyone to be cast originally, thoughone other was made in 1929 forSefton Park in Liverpool. Bothstatues have been extensively