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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