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Padstow mussel sculpture dead in the water?

By CG_News  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

Artist Andy Nicholls with a model of the mussel sculpture

Artist Andy Nicholls with a model of the mussel sculpture

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A GIANT sculpture of a mussel is unlikely to be placed on Padstow's harbour wall after the public voted overwhelmingly against it.

Just 22 out of the 419 who voted at a public consultation event, and on-line, were in favour of the sculpture – representing just 5 per cent support for the scheme.

The five-metre high sculpture was the brainchild of Trevone artist Andy Nicholls. His piece is titled Mytilus, and celebrates the hooked Padstow mussel, a type of mollusc unique to the area.

But it is now unlikely to go ahead following such strong objections from the public.

In a statement, Padstow Town Council said they and the Harbour Commissioners had released the results earlier than anticipated due to public feeling.

The council added: "These results will be taken to the next Harbour Commissioners and Town Council meetings as both organisations stated they would base any support for the project on the results of a public consultation."

For a special report see the Cornish Guardian next Friday.

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  • CathyRozel  |  October 17 2012, 8:06PM

    What a shame, I really like it. It is beautiful, place specific and much better than the ghastly sculpture o a woman Damien Hirst is inflicting on another seaside community.

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  • shagrats  |  October 11 2012, 2:24PM

    Now what I would do is take that mussle sculpture, stick a load of sea weed on it. Then say its a mermaids "lady garden", and have that opening and closing with the tides. I'm sure that would fit into the Padstow scene a bit more than a mollusc.

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  • SmokieJoe  |  October 11 2012, 1:16PM

    Good idea to allow the public to choose what they want in their area for once. Shame Cornwall Council doesn't appear to listen to their own councilors, never mind the public!

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  • nick113  |  October 11 2012, 11:57AM

    Give it to Madonna to use as a bra.

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  • Dodo Pad Ltd  |  October 11 2012, 11:47AM

    How terribly sad this is being (or looks like being) axed. Art is often contentious but it can move us forward and challenges us to look at things in a different way. What a dreadful shame that the Council did not have the courage of conviction to approve it. The commissioning of great art is rarely, in my experience, decided by committee.

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