The memorial artwork near City Hall on Blue Boar Street was moved to allow Thames Water engineers to dig and repair a four inch wide cast iron pipe without damaging the fragile colored tiles.
The mosaic, 1.6 meters in diameter and weighing around 600 kg, is believed to have been installed in 1996 to celebrate the city’s partnership with the Dutch city of Leiden.
Tom Hutchinson, Regional Water Network Manager at Thames Water, said, “Reducing leaks is our top priority. This also includes fastening pipes in hard-to-reach and unusual places.
“This has definitely been one of the most interesting and high pressure jobs I’ve seen in my years at Thames Water.”
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