‘Disgusting’ - controversial metal trees left in weeds
PUBLISHED: 16:28 02 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:55 02 October 2020
Controversial metal tree sculptures that were removed from a town centre have been spotted left in weeds outdoors at a plant nursery.
The artwork by local sculptor Nigel Kaines had been located next to the Arc shopping centre on St Andrew’s Street South in Bury St Edmunds and cost in the region of £15,000 to £20,000, paid for by Arc developer funding.
But the two trees were removed in 2016 after they were struck a number of times by vehicles coming along the road.
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It was understood the artwork was being kept in storage by West Suffolk Council while alternative locations were sought to display them.
But yesterday James Sheen, founder of the We Love Bury St Edmunds Facebook group, discovered the metal trees at Nowton Park Nursery, on the site of Nowton Park, after someone gave him “the heads-up”.
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Laying on their sides on West Suffolk Council land, the sculptures had real leaves growing out of them.
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Mr Sheen said the situation was “absolutely appalling”.
“They were literally just lying down on the wall - I couldn’t believe it. I was given a tip-off yesterday. It’s absolutely disgusting,” he said.
Mr Sheen questioned why it was taking years for the council to find a suitable location for the pieces.
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A West Suffolk Council spokesperson said: “The metal trees, which were paid for by the developers of the Arc are made of stainless steel which means they don’t rust.
“Following their repair, they have been stored while we looked at where they could be installed near the Arc, which is privately owned or at an alternative prominent public location where they won’t be damaged and which is capable of having significant foundations to bear the weight. We are still looking at possible solutions.”
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