Hundreds believe a statue erected in the center of their town should be pulled down because it looks like a kebab sword, “unwanted rubbish” or an “insult to God”.
Artist Sandy Brown was commissioned to design a £90,000 monument as a tribute to the history of the Chinese clay industry in St Austell, Cornwall.
After three years of construction, an 11.5-meter-long statue called Earth Goddess went up as the crown jewel of a ceramic art trail, June 25.
But the piece, as big as two double-decker buses on top of each other, has not been to the liking of many locals.
At least 460 people have now signed a petition to have the statue removed “with immediate effect”.
Some said the “embarrassment” looked like a kebab and called it the “pink sword”.
Others believe that the play has religious connotations that run counter to St Austell’s Christian history.
Keith Palmer said: “It seems whoever sponsored this has missed the point. Our city is named after a saint from the Christian faith, not a so-called earth goddess.
“What a waste of money in these times of personal financial hardship for so many.”
David Snow echoed the sentiments when he said: ‘St Austell doesn’t need a pagan idol watching over its townspeople.
“The city would be better off with a statue honoring a great man of God like Harry Billinge. A humble man, who gave so much to St Austell town and his country.’
Pam Ambraham added: “I don’t think this ‘statue’ represents the city or its heritage.
“The Chinese clay industry could have been better represented and I for one do not want to be confronted by what is supposed to be an ‘earth goddess’ every time I walk through Aylmer Square. I hope the statue is taken down quickly.
Even Steve Double, the Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, admitted he’s not a fan.
But he also confirmed that no taxpayers’ money was spent on the piece.
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The artwork was commissioned by the Whitegold Project, responsible for St Austell’s Ceramic Way.
Whitegold’s curator Alex Murdin previously said local people, politicians and other leaders had been consulted about the earth goddess.
He said the sculpture was a “Marmite” piece.
Artist Sandy believes her work “celebrates the city’s unique history and represents our collective and eternal roots with the environment, nature and Mother Earth”.
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