Statue resembling Jeremy Corbyn moved after surge in popularity

Jeremy Corbyn

'The Seated Figure' in North Yorkshire

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A 10ft statue has been moved from a North Yorkshire beauty spot after a surge in visitors who spotted its resemblance to Jeremy Corbyn.

Crowds flocked to the bronze statue at Castleton Rigg in the North York Moors National Park after pictures of it circulated on social media due to its similarity to the Labour Party leader.

However, the increase in visitors has caused erosion to the moorland on which the statue sits, as well as resulting in littering and parking issues.

As a result, the three-metre tall statue will be relocated to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where it will go on display at the end of April.

The artwork, known as 'The Seated Figure', was created by Sean Henry, and was unveiled to the public in June 2017.

Planning permission for the statue on the moors had been granted up to 2023.

The North Yorks Moors Authority said the artwork would be "missed locally".

A spokesperson said: "Its overwhelming popularity was leading to moorland erosion, litter and parking issues, which caused concern for local landowners.

"It is time to relocate it to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where he will be in the company of other internationally renowned sculptures."

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