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Naiad settles in to its new home.

ARTIST George Wagstaffe's iconic Naiad statue has finally settled into her new home in Lady Herbert's Garden.

Until last month the bronze sat neglected in the square opposite Brown's restaurant, in the city centre's Jordan Well.

But a ten-month Evening Telegraph campaign helped get the work moved to an area more deserving.

Vandals had daubed the statue in paint, scratched her and chipped her nose with a rock while she sat in her original home.

Over the last few weeks Mr Wagstaffe has cleaned her up.

It is hoped security in the ancient Swanswell Gate building will be able to keep an eye on the statue, which they now overlook. It has also been suggested she could be lit up at night.

Mr Wagstaffe, 65, said: "When she first went in (the square in Jordan's Well) I was 22 or 23. I would not have believed I would have been watching her now being moved.

"It is surprising to me to think that it is still around.

"And it is liked now more than ever by people. The Telegraph used the word iconic and it has become part of Coventry. People have said to me 'what are they doing with the Naiad, where is she?'

"It would be nice illuminated, it would illuminate the plants as well and the whole feature would look nice. It would have the effect as well of reducing any possibility of vandalism. And when things are illuminated people know they are looked after."

Patric Fox, of city centre managers CV One, said: "It has come together better and quicker than I thought. It will be a nice little spot for Britain in Bloom."

james.mccarthy@mrn.co.uk

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Date:Jul 17, 2004
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