bPetition calls for ‘kebab’ statue to be taken down ‘immediately’

Screengrabs of the complaints people made about the Earth Goddess piece.

The Earth Goddess piece is supposed to pay tribute to Cornwall’s China clay history (Pictures: SWNS)

Hundreds think a statue erected in their town centre should be taken down becuase it looks like a kebab sword, ‘unwanted junk’ or an ‘offence to God’.

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

After three years of construction, an 11.5-metre statue called Earth Goddess went up as the crowning jewel of a ceramic art trail, on June 25.

But the piece, as big as two double-decker buses on top of each other, has not gone down well with many locals.

At least 460 people have now signed a petition to get the statue removed ‘with immediate effect’.

Some said the ’embarrassment’ looked like a kebab and nicknamed it the ‘pink sword’.

Others feel the piece has religious connotations which go against St Austell’s Christian history.

Earth Goddess.

The 11.5-metre statue is as high as two double-decker buses on top of each other (Picture: SWNS)

Earth Goddess in Cornwall.

People believe the statue looks like a ‘religious idol’ which is ‘an offence to God’ (Picture: SWNS)

A wall which reads: 'Earth Goddess by Sandy Brown'.

The piece was created by Sandy Brown who said it ‘celebrates the town’s unique history’ (Picture: SWNS)

Keith Palmer said: ‘It seems whoever sponsored this completely missed the point. Our town is named after a saint of the Christian faith, not a so-called earth goddess.

‘What a waste of money anyway at these times of personal financial difficulty for so many.’

David Snow echoed the sentiments when he said: ‘St Austell doesn’t need a badly bodged-up pagan idol watching over the town’s inhabitants.

‘The town 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 do not believe this “statue” represents the town or its heritage.

‘The China 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 godess” every time I walk through Aylmer Square. I hope the statue is taken down swiftly.’

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

But he also confirmed no taxpayer money was spent on the piece.

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The artwork was commissioned by the Whitegold project, responsible for St Austell’s ceramic path.

Whitegold’s curator Alex Murdin previously said locals, politicians and other leaders had been consulted about Earth Goddess.

He said the sculpture was a ‘Marmite’ piece.

Artist Sandy believes her work ‘celebrates the town’s unique history and represents our collective and eternal roots with the environment, nature and Mother Earth’.

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