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Bike rack sculpture is 'a monstrosity' says Rossendale councillor
A SCULPTURE that will direct visitors to one of Rossendale’s most popular tourist attractions has been branded ‘a monstrosity’ by a councillor.
The artwork, intended for use as a bicycle rack, is due to be placed in Newchurch Road, Bacup, in front of Rossendale Council’s headquarters, at Futures Park.
The £10,000 galvanised steel structure will welcome users to the town’s mountain biking trails at Lee Quarry Adrenaline Gateway, and is designed to rep-resent a bouncing tyre.
The rack, which will be 7.5m long, 3.3m wide, and 2.5m tall, will be created by Sheffield-based artist Robin Dobson.
It was granted planning perm-ission at a meeting of the coun-cil’s development control comm- ittee on Tuesday. Coun Peter Roberts, one of two councillors to vote against the proposal, said: “The design of this so-called sculpture is completely bizarre. It’s a monstrosity. I think we need to make it clear this isn’t a new council logo. We have to be careful when planning art in the public realm. To me it’s more something like the Angel of the North than a bike rack.”
Coun Jimmy Eaton said it looked ‘more like the Loch Ness monster’ than a bike rack.
The rack, which will be paint-ed grey with lime green and orange detail, will be built on a grass verge alongside the foot-path where Newchurch Road meets Futures Park.
Steve Jackson, head of health, housing and regeneration at the council, said Rossendale tax-payers’ would not be footing the bill.
He said: “The funding came three years ago when the council received a £100,000 performance reward grant from central government for above-average performance in local strategic partnerships. £10,000 of that was set aside for marketing the Adrenaline Gateway through this cycle rack. We think this ties in well with the three scul-ptures already in place at the Lee Quarry site. It makes a stat-ement. I have a meeting next week to iron out the logistics, but I’m not sure yet of the time-scale of when it will be in place.”
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