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Artist who was born in New York, America, and studied there at Pratt Institute and at Syracuse University. Between 1974–8 she worked in Milton Keynes as a community artist, initially on a bursary from the Arts Council, then being employed by the Development Corporation in the city. Her The Owl and the Pussycat and Tin Man, both in concrete, were sited there in 1977–8. Leyh’s concrete black-and-white Cows, made using scrap materials from building sites with the help of local children, gained much press publicity and became recognised as a landmark. A project in Cambridge with Free Form Arts Trust in 1986 won the RIBA award for community design. Leyh lived latterly in Israel.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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