Great Ormond Street Hospital “Tinker Bell” by Diarmuid
This Tinker Bell stealing the “kiss” from the well known
Peter Pan statue was unveiled by the Countess of Wessex on the 29th
September 2005. Although a later addition, it was part of the original
conception back in 1999 when Peter was commissioned, but dropped
at the time as being too ambitious. It is a credit to Peter’s
popularity that the issue was redressed.
The hospital was gifted the rights to Peter Pan by the author
J.M Barrie and the charity was secured the rights in perpetuity
by a special amendment to an act of Parliament in 1988.
In celebration of this, the sculpture honours Barrie’s original
and beautiful description of the characters as they appear in the
Peter is a mischievous but enchanting boy, blowing fairy dust
over the passers by. Whilst Tink, his ever loyal companion is showing
her darker, jealous side and trying to steal his thimble. The thimble,
you remember, Wendy gave to Peter when he innocently held out his
hand to receive a kiss from her. That Tinker Bell knew exactly what
Wendy meant explains a lot about her feelings towards Peter.
A miniature of the Peter Pan statue and a copy of Tinker
Bell, both as limited edition bronzes are available at www.byronoconnor.com
with 17% of the proceeds going to the Hospital