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Is Gloucester's wavy wall sculpture starting to corrode?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

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CALLS have been made for Gloucester’s wavy wall sculpture to be cleaned up.

The unusual construction was installed in Kimbrose Square in July 2011 as part of the linkages project, aimed at improving walking and cycling routes between Gloucester Quays and the city centre.

But it is already showing signs of corrosion and business owners in Southgate Street are calling for it to be cleaned up before it becomes too much of an eyesore.

The Gloucester Furniture Exhibition Centre overlooks the sculpture.

Owner David Wood said: “With footfall increasing it is to the benefit of everyone that the area looks as good as it can. It should be restored to its original condition.”

Rasaih Murali, owner of Southgate News and Food, is also concerned about the condition.

He said: “I think it needs some paint because it is looking very dirty. When it was first installed it looked good.

"It is a shame because the council is trying to make this area of Gloucester look nice but they need to do something about the sculpture.

“Maybe it needs re-painting every three or six months.”

Gloucestershire County Council spent £2.1 million on improving the Kimbrose Triangle and Southgate Street section as part of the £7million linkages project.

The wall and Kyneburgh Tower sculpture next to it were deigned by artist Tom Price.

It follows the line of Gloucester’s Roman wall and the installation is named after the city’s patron saint, St Kyneburgh.

Gloucestershire County Council, in collaboration with Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company , commissioned Tom to create the pieces.

Sally Godwin, highways manager for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Although we carry out routine inspections of the sculpture in Southgate Street, we will be sending someone there to inspect its condition in response to the concerns.”

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  • mwignall  |  May 16 2014, 2:15PM

    If I'm not mistaken, isn't Southgate News the shop with the blue painted exterior with rotting wood and peeling paint. If so then the owner's comment is staggering.

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  • DEvans  |  May 15 2014, 9:44AM

    Surely it would not have taken more than two council brain cells to write an upkeep clause in the sculpturs contract? Unfortunately - everything it seems is built to rot and the new builds over the last couole of years are already showing signs of damp and decay,

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  • cortezcortez  |  May 14 2014, 9:17PM

    Rust never sleeps

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 14 2014, 9:16PM

    Oh! It's a "sculpture"? I always though it was a fence.

  • RoadWombat  |  May 14 2014, 5:39PM

    Just wait - soon they'll be trying to tell us that rust is part of the artist's intention, like the ridiculous pointy thing they've got rusting away in the docks. That'll be their excuse for not doing anything about it!

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