Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The proposed artwork would have been "unfinished" and only complete when snow fell on it

Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - The proposed artwork would have been "unfinished" and only complete when snow fell on it

Yorkshire news  Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com
02 March 2021 - 17:15

Breaking News ! Plans for a sculpture branded an "enormous plain lump of concrete" in the grounds of Whitby Abbey have been scrapped after scores of complaints. The sculpture was due to be part of a heritage trail and had been created by artist Ryan Gander OBE. It was described as shaped like a dolos, a concrete structure that is used as a barrier to prevent coastal erosion. The sculpture will only be “finished”, however, when it snows according to the supporting documents submitted to Scarborough Council as the work is planned with the intention to make a statement about climate change. To get the latest email updates from North Yorkshire Live, click here . Last week, however, 87 letters of complaint flooded into the council from residents in Whitby about the “eyesore” structure. On Friday (February 26), it was confirmed that the plans for the Whitby installation had been withdrawn - but proposals for a matching sculpture at Scarborough Castle are still going through the planning process and have had no objections. A number of the objectors felt that the sculpture was not the right thing to be placed next to the iconic abbey. Residents and visitors to the town also made their feelings known on social media. One wrote: “I object to this enormous plain lump of concrete that looks nothing like an anchor to be plonked near the Whitby Abbey Heritage site. “Spoiling a view of such outstanding natural beauty.

. The "finished" version of the proposed Whitby sculpture, covered in snow “The form and appearance of the proposed sculpture would conflict in style, shape and material with the Ancient Monument, the Abbey Cross and detract from the appearance of Abbey Plain rather than add to and compliment it.” Whitby Town Council also objected to the plans. The Wild Eye trail, a collaboration between Scarborough Council, English Heritage and Scarborough-based environmental art charity Invisible Dust, had been backed by £140,000 from the Government’s the Town Deal Fast Track Fund. Invisible Dust has confirmed that the Whitby element of the plan would be looked at again. Alice Sharp, artistic director at Invisible Dust, said: “We have received a number of comments from the community which we have taken on board and we are reviewing the Wild Eye planning proposal. “The project focuses on natural history and reducing climate change and the public art and community activities are to encourage awareness around this.” Check planning applications near you - enter your postcode below In the planning documents the artist said that the works of art were designed to highlight the ongoing impact of climate change. It added: “The idea is that the work is incomplete without snowfall – nature has to complete the form. If it was snowed on it would be made whole again but the likelihood of this happening (particularly at coastal sites) is becoming less and less likely due to climate change. “Human impact and lack of action on climate change means it snows less and the piece is less likely to ever be ‘finished’.” Read More Related Articles North Yorkshire cliff edge campers fined for travelling from Doncaster and Middlesbrough Read More Related Articles The tragedies and battles of Yorkshire's third lockdown for families, businesses and rulebreakers

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Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com


Yorkshire news Whitby 'lump of concrete' sculpture scrapped after 87 complaints MetiNews.Com

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