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New vision as popular King's Lynn sculpture is removed amid safety fears


By Lynn News Reporter


The Axis Mundi sculpture, which has now been taken down for safety reasons (5138086)
The Axis Mundi sculpture, which has now been taken down for safety reasons (5138086)

They have been a feature of Lynn's landscape for the past five years, but a tree trunk sculpture has now been taken down from its home in the Walks.

Council officials say the decision to remove the Axis Mundi sculpture, affectionately known by many as the drumsticks, was taken after the trunks were found to be rotting.

Engineers carried out the work to lower the installation this week.

But the trunks, minus their spikes, will still remain in the Walks to provide additional seating space.

The sculpture was created in 2013 by Nicholas Fenouillat, as part of the Channel Art, Cities & Landscape project in which West Norfolk Council worked with artists from the French town of Amiens.

The work was intended to resemble ship masts, reflecting the town's maritime history, while the spikes were shaped as drumsticks in a tribute to Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who was born and brought up in Lynn.

The borough council said the sculpture was only meant to be in place for three years, but had remained there for longer because of their popularity.



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