A member of the clergy walks past a picture of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral.
A member of the clergy walks past a picture of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral.

‘It does look like a bicycle park slot’

By JOHN STEVENS AND LUCY OSBORNE Time of article published Jun 23, 2014

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London - To clerics at Leicester Cathedral, it’s a 21st century tomb fit for a medieval king. But critics say the final resting place of Richard III looks more like a bike rack.

Richard, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, will be reinterred at the cathedral after the his remains were found under a car park in the London city centre in 2012.

Dean of Leicester David Monteith unveiled a computer image of the tomb – and revealed next year’s reburial would cost £2.5-million. Marked with a deeply-incised cross, a block of Swaledale fossil stone will sit on a dark plinth of Kilkenny stone, carved with Richard’s name, dates, motto and coat of arms.

The dean added: “This tomb reflects the era in which it is designed. To do anything else would be a pastiche.”

However, MPs and art historians said it was not up to the job. Tory MP Tim Loughton said it was “a huge insult”, adding: “It is ghastly. It does look like a bicycle park slot.”

Philippa Langley, of the Richard III Society, said the group had suggested improvements to the design that were ignored.

Members of the society withdrew £40 000 in funding meant for the tomb.

Miss Langley, who was instrumental in the discovery of Richard’s remains, said: “This diminishes the king in every way.”

She said the design was “universally disliked” by members, and had been described as “a sculpture from a hotel lobby”.

Emily MarkFitzGerald, a lecturer at University College Dublin, tweeted: “Am I the only one who’s thinking ‘KitKat’?” - Daily Mail

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