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Mussel art's critics 'are misinformed'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 28, 2012

  • SHELL FIRE: Andy Nicholls at the proposed location for his sculpture on Padstow harbour, with scale models (also right).

  • Padstow - Andy Nicholl's model of his mussel sculpture in the location proposed for the full size sculpture BOID20120912A-003_C

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THE ARTIST behind a planned sculpture of a mussel at Padstow harbour has hit back at "misinformation" circulated about the work.

The sculpture of a giant mussel would open and close with the tide, and be placed on the harbour wall.

The plans were greeted with dismay by some, with hundreds of people signing a petition against it.

Mr Nicholls said there was much misinformation being spread around the town.

"People have been saying it's going to be 50ft tall, which is not the case," he said. "People are signing the petition without knowing the full facts."

He said the work, Mytilus, would be 5m tall, and urged townsfolk to come to a public exhibition on Monday.

"If I was asked to sign a petition I'd want to be in possession of the full facts," he said. "People should come along and look for themselves."

Padstow Town Council has helped devised a questionnaire for exhibition visitors, which will inform its decision next month.

"By having a confidential voting system I'll be kept out of the frame and can't be accused of manipulating the votes," said Mr Nicholls.

The exhibition runs from 4pm to 9pm at the Padstow Church Rooms.

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  • pasty999  |  September 30 2012, 4:48PM

    I am against this proposal to have a 5 mtr Mussel, it is not in keeping with the town as Padstow is not known for its mussel harvests. The sculpture is not particularly appealing and I doubt that it is 'that' educational, after all, if the young people want to see if the tide is in or out they just need to look beyond the art - if there is lots of water the tide is in if there is little water, the the tide is out... Being told that I am misguided is an insult... I think Mr Nicholls needs to reconsider his thought process as insulting the locals will do him no favours at all. Perhaps if Mr Nicholls were to ask us locals what we WOULD accept, he may get somewhere.

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