A THREE and a half ton sculpture made in 1987 has been placed outside the Museum of St Albans.

Originally crafted by the sculptor Paul Mason for the Alban Arena 'Leaf Field', which is in a natural form of Lincolnshire limestone, has been placed in Hatfield Road.

St Albans District Council says its decision to place the sculpture in such a prominent place was made through its plans to improve the street scene.

It was transported by crane and lorry from outside the Alban Arena - where it was buried away in a flower bed.

Paul Mason (1952-2006) worked in the tradition of such sculptors as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. He used marble and stone but also exhibited his drawings.

His commissions included sculptures for public spaces in several English cities and large towns.

Chris Green, museums and heritage officer for the council, said it is delighted to have the “fine” piece of work at the museum.

Councillor Sheila Burton, portfolio holder for culture and heritage, added: “This was a forgotten piece of sculpture that was buried by undergrowth and thus unseen by the public.

“Paul Mason is a well known artist - now his work can be properly viewed and appreciated.”