Petition requires ‘kebab’ statue to be taken down ‘with speedy impact’

Screengrabs of the complaints people made about the Earth Goddess piece.
The Earth Goddess piece is meant to pay tribute to Cornwall’s China clay historical past (Footage: SWNS)

Tons of suppose a statue erected of their city centre ought to be taken down becuase it appears to be like like a kebab sword, ‘undesirable junk’ or an ‘offence to God’.

Artist Sandy Brown was commissioned to design an £90,000 monument paying homage to the historical past of the China clay trade in St Austell, Cornwall.

After three years of building, an 11.5-metre statue known as Earth Goddess went up because the crowning jewel of a ceramic artwork path, on June 25.

However the piece, as huge as two double-decker buses on high of one another, has not gone down effectively with many locals.

Not less than 460 folks have now signed a petition to get the statue eliminated ‘with speedy impact’.

Some stated the ’embarrassment’ regarded like a kebab and nicknamed it the ‘pink sword’.

Others really feel the piece has spiritual connotations which go towards St Austell’s Christian historical past.

Earth Goddess.
The 11.5-metre statue is as excessive as two double-decker buses on high of one another (Image: SWNS)

Earth Goddess in Cornwall.
Individuals consider the statue appears to be like like a ‘spiritual idol’ which is ‘an offence to God’ (Image: SWNS)

A wall which reads: 'Earth Goddess by Sandy Brown'.
The piece was created by Sandy Brown who stated it ‘celebrates the city’s distinctive historical past’ (Image: SWNS)

Keith Palmer stated: ‘It appears whoever sponsored this fully missed the purpose. Our city is known as after a saint of the Christian religion, not a so-called earth goddess.

‘What a waste of cash anyway at these instances of non-public monetary issue for therefore many.’

David Snow echoed the feelings when he stated: ‘St Austell doesn’t want a badly bodged-up pagan idol watching over the city’s inhabitants.

‘The city can be higher off with a statue honoring an excellent man of God like Harry Billinge. A humble man, who gave a lot to St Austell city and his nation.’

Pam Ambraham added: ‘I don’t consider this “statue” represents the city or its heritage.

‘The China clay trade may have been higher represented and I for one don’t need to be confronted by what is meant to be an “earth godess” each time I stroll via Aylmer Sq.. I hope the statue is taken down swiftly.’

Even Steve Double, the Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, admitted he’s not a fan.

However he additionally confirmed no taxpayer cash was spent on the piece.

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The paintings was commissioned by the Whitegold challenge, answerable for St Austell’s ceramic path.

Whitegold’s curator Alex Murdin beforehand stated locals, politicians and different leaders had been consulted about Earth Goddess.

He stated the sculpture was a ‘Marmite’ piece.

Artist Sandy believes her work ‘celebrates the city’s distinctive historical past and represents our collective and everlasting roots with the surroundings, nature and Mom Earth’.


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