As the ‘new look’ Leicester Square was unveiled this week with all the usual the bland hurrahs, no one noticed the casualties.

Five artworks celebrating famous former residents of the Square have vanished.

Gone from the four corners of the ‘pocket park’ are the four busts of

Sir Joshua Reynolds,

William Hogarth,

Sir Isaac Newton,

and the surgeon John Hunter (of Hunterian Museum fame).

Missing also is the full statue of Charlie Chaplin.

All that’s left is the beautiful statue of Shakespeare which stands in the centre.

A quote inscribed on the statue – under Shakespeare’s right elbow – from the play Twelth Nightis appropriate: ‘There is no darkness but ignorance.’

Reports by the Independent Newspaper and the Press Association made no mention of the departed icons. They merely reprinted the gushing enthusiasms of Mayor of London Boris Johnson who described it as a ‘fantastic makeover’ and Deputy Leader of Westminster…

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