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  • in reply to: Trustees with massive claim on Roberts estate? #7097

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    I agree with Anna and Esther. Its about time that the larger public who spent a little time with Robert and would like to remember a friend or mentor got pro active over the situation. Rather than taking away the effort of those who are trying to build something for the future. It is not just the wonder of what Robert painted or expressed in his life but also a statement of ‘A man for our times’, Robert always treated me and I believe that he always treated every person he met with a polite and generous nature. I do not understand why people always seem to lose sight of something special simply because of money issues. Nations were built by people, not by banks! In America I think they say For the people and by the people. It takes courage and strength to achieve anything in life but if you are willing to stand and work for a dream there is no dream that cannot be achieved. The people that say a thing cannot be done are the same people that said a plane was to heavy to fly, or a ship made of concrete would sink, or if a man traveled at speeds faster than 5 miles an hour he would die. All of which are follys placed in history. I urge the people of Plymouth not to let the hard work of the Lenkiewicz Foundation be for nought. For it will be to the shame of the city and not its betterment if there is no room found at the Inn. A city which prides itself on the Elizabeathean roots of the great exploits of Drake and the Pilgrimmes. A city which is growing as a centre of excellence.

    in reply to: Cap’n Jasper artist to restore Lenkiewicz mural #7041

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    Dave Goodwin wrote:
    Can anybody truly say that they are surprised by this (proposed*) turn of events? Or does it just perfectly sum up Plymouth and it’s total lack of vision or ambition?

    I'm proud to say that I'm a Plymothian, but at times the place and its mentality really makes me despair 🙄

    *pure coincidence that Parsonage should make such a generous offer at the time the Council are sat deciding upon the fate of his bid to take over the Mayflower Visitor Centre?

    It is a sadness to see the coldness of Mr Parsonage in his efforts to achieve his own desires at the expence of Robert Lenkiewicz. Is this the same person who owns the barbican studio and if so is he willing to give the building over to the Lenkiewicz Foundation at a peppercorn rent or some such arrangement that would meet with the creation of the art and study centre and a home for Roberts collection. Or is he more interested in speech and bluster in order to further fill his bulging pockets.
    in reply to: Warhol Lesson for Lenkiewicz Estate #6873

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    Just read what Esther said about the difficulties everyone is facing and although I am not in a position to help financially. I am willing to give up my time and energy in what everway I can be made useful. All without charge. Robert helped me so much over the years that I would like to repay his kindness to me. And if I can do so in only a small way I know that it will bring a smile to my old friends face.

    in reply to: Latest news from estate executor (another auction in 2004?) #6987

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    I guess I should not be surprised by the situation which is unfolding over Roberts estate. It is a very good lesson for myself as I will not do what Robert did. It seems that in trying to create something beautiful for the city of Plymouth Robert was thwarted by those he trusted most. It is like watching the slaughter of the prize bull and the prodigal son has not yet been sighted. There is great sadness in this whole affair.

    People that knew Robert and helped to bring his dreams to life in and around the Barbican like myself must be astonished by the hunger and greed of those who sit down to feast on the carcass. If the people of Plymouth had any respect for the last wishes of a dying man they would have stopped this wholesale destruction of one mans work and collections. A man who fed the People of Plymouth and addressed the issues of poverty without brooking compromise.

    But such is the state of things that the glutton money eaters will not find any satisifaction until they have bleached this man's bones and flayed every ounce of flesh from his frame. I believe that a great deal of the debts that are mentioned with subtile glibness are no more than tissue paper and lies. For if they were founded on anything more than the lightest truth. Robert whilst alive would have been bankrupted years before his death. It also amazes me that so much money needs to be raised to pay of depts that were to begin with so small.

    It is a sadness Robert that your final lesson to me is not to allow people to have the least amount of my property after my death. Instead i will arrange for all things to be destroyed so that none may profit from my hard work when all they have done is wait to dine of my corpse.

    in reply to: Stolen paintings recovered #6990

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    It is heart warming to hear that the stolen paintings have been found. Does anyone know who the 55 year old woman was and if there are other people connected to this crime. Also are these paintings to be placed in the Lenkiewicz foundation for display at some point or will they end up on sale at auction in the future.

    in reply to: Does Lenkiewicz’s legacy need to be in Plymouth? #6985

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    I feel that if Robert had wished for his legacy to be in another part of the country he would have stated his wish many times. I wonder if there is anyone who can be contacted within the council who worked with Robert whilst he was alive and has records of plans that were agreed between the Plymouth council and the Lenkiewicz foundation. Or was everything only agreed verbally and as they say a verbal contract is not worth the paper its writen on. Many times the council have said on the news that they would do everything they could to keep Roberts legacy in Plymouth. Yet they seem to speak fine words and do no work toward the goal they set out. If anyone knows the right people to contact I would like to ask them questions as to what they are doing and if they intend to uphold there promise to Robert.

    in reply to: Auction of books – Sothebys 20/11/03 #6938

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    For many year I was fortunate to be allowed access to Roberts book collection. Most of the works that are being sold at auction were already in the collection many years before his death. It seems strange to me that so much money seems to have been lost in the developement of Roberts library. A short while before his death we had talked at length about the development of a reading room that would be open to the public. For the study of various works within Roberts collection. Plan’s had been created including a 60 foot table at the top of the Barbican building which was being purchased from the owners. Above this table was being placed a glass dome to light the room. During his life the council had come to an agreement with Robert and the original owner of the building had already agreed to sell the building including the market attachment in Southside Street. Robert was overjoyed that a long held dream was being fulfilled. Now after his death it seems that there is more interest in making money from this sincere gentleman than creating the legacy he had wished. It would break Roberts heart to see the desolation of his book collection. Yet this is what is happening whilst there is no forward momentum as far as the development of his cherished goals…

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