Alison Lapper, from Brighton, fought for the right to keep her son, Parys, and her sculpture was described as one of the best pieces of British art in decades. The son of a woman born without any arms has died 19 years after she posed pregnant with him for an iconic sculpture.
Alison Lapper, from Brighton, fought for the right to keep her son, in spite of her disability, and her sculpture was described as one of the best pieces of British art in decades.
However son Parys Lapper died suddenly last week - 14 years after Marc Quinn's sculpture of the two of them went on display in Trafalgar Square, London.
The piece, titled 'Alison Lapper Pregnant', was on show from 2005 to 2007 and a giant replica of it featured in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in London.
Miss Lapper's fiance Si Clift wrote on Facebook: "Tragically, her son Parys Lapper, who was only 19 years old, died suddenly a week ago...
"Ali fought many battles against the establishment to keep Parys, bringing him up by herself in some very difficult circumstances indeed and continued to fight for him through his teenage years".
"Ali has expressed a dear wish that she would absolutely love to see as many noisy motorbikes as possible to escort Parys on his final journey from her home in Shoreham by sea to Worthing Crematorium on Thursday 29th to celebrate his life (he would have loved this too!)"
Mr. Clift described Parys as 'a mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy' and 'a good son'.
Miss Lapper, 54, who was born with shortened legs, raised her son without the help of his father, who abandoned them before Parys was born.
The artist, who was raised in care, said she could not stop crying when her son was born, Mail Online reports.
She said: "The emotions I felt were indescribable.
"I had never imagined I was going to be a mother, never thought it could be possible.
"But when they placed him on my shoulder and I gave him a little kiss on his head and said “hello”, I was overwhelmed."
Parys was one of 25 people to feature in the BBC programme Child of Our Time, which charts the course of the participants' lives until the age of 20.
He was reportedly the only member of the group to have died before reaching 20-years-old.