Kate Robinson agrees that the sculpture is inadequate, but Prof Mike Elliott questions the invective hurled at it. Plus Maggie Owen on the beauty of madrigals
Jonathan Jones rightly criticises the inadequacy of the Diana statue (An awkward, lifeless shrine – the Diana statue is a spiritless hunk of nonsense, 1 July). Its creator clearly lacks both observational skills and an understanding of the subject. Where is Diana’s love and sympathy for children in these joyless figures that fail even to make eye contact with each other? And where, for that matter, are the children? The larger figure appears to be introducing us to a new species of miniature adult, their tiny heads being almost half the size of her own and yet too small relative to their own height for them to be children.
• Did Jonathan Jones get out of bed on the wrong side or just want to add to the list of artists with whom he has a long-running feud? I hope he feels better for getting this invective off his chest, but can we see his sculptures? I might harshly review other scientists’ books, papers and research grant applications, but at least I am able to write these and allow others to criticise them.
Prof Mike Elliott
Leven, East Riding of Yorkshire