'Hideous' sculptures get go-ahead at library

How the proposed sculptures would look at the library

How the proposed sculptures would look at the library

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TWO controversial 3D sculptures are set to be installed outside the entrance to Bury Library and the new sculpture centre – despite one councillor labelling them as “hideous”.

Members of the Reinstate Bury Library group attended Bury Council’s planning meeting to voice their opposition to the plans, which are part of the Asia Triennial programme, which will be held in the sculpture centre from September 6 to November 29.

The planning committee gave their approval on Tuesday night to the designs, which will be erected in the alcoves each side of the main entrance to Bury Library, in Moss Street.

However, council bosses stressed that the decision was not to be judged on its artistic merits, but on whether the installation and taking down of the sculptures, which will be there for 12 months, would damage the listing building.

Robert Abrahamsen, speaking on behalf of the campaign group, said that his objection was not against the artistic merits of the design, but against the location of the sculptures.

He said: “If the fixtures have to be put somewhere, then surely the Moss Street Art Gallery entrance is the obvious place.

"If their purpose is to advertise the sculpture centre, not only is this location more visible for town centre visitors and those using the interchange, but it is also the Art Gallery entrance.

“The central library has already been decimated. The last thing any existing or future user of this library needs is for the identity of the library to be further diminished.”

But Tony Trehy, the council’s arts and museums manager, said the location was suitable, and in line with the Victorian design of the building, which opened in 1901.

He said: “The location is in keeping with other aspects of the facade. People are quite comfortable with the Bury in Bloom installations, and the aesthetics of this are in the same style as that facade.

“In an aesthetic sense, the pieces are not inconsistent with the style of the building.

“It is a temporary installation, part of a programme of events to increase visitor activity in the borough. We will ensure the sculptures do no damage to the facade.”

Tory councillors Yvonne Wright and Dorothy Gunther hit out at the sculpture plans. Cllr Gunther said the sculptures were “grotesque”, and Cllr Wright said they were “hideous” and labelled the link made between the sculptures and Bury in Bloom as “bizarre.”

Labour Cllr David Jones came out in support of the plans, saying he believed some people would believe they would “brighten up a dowdy building”, and that the sculptures had no adverse long-term effect.

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8:54pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Babbar Divino says...

“In an aesthetic sense, the pieces are not inconsistent with the style of the building."

Stupid me I must of misunderstood which building Mr Trehy was talking about. I thought this was the entry to Bury Library, or what's left of it, not the Forbidden City?
“In an aesthetic sense, the pieces are not inconsistent with the style of the building." Stupid me I must of misunderstood which building Mr Trehy was talking about. I thought this was the entry to Bury Library, or what's left of it, not the Forbidden City? Babbar Divino
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9:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Yellow Hackle says...

But Tony Trehy, the council’s arts and museums manager, said the location was suitable, and in line with the Victorian design of the building, which opened in 1901.

I suggest Mr Tony Trehy pays a visit to specsavers, it seems that he has a problem with his eyesight
But Tony Trehy, the council’s arts and museums manager, said the location was suitable, and in line with the Victorian design of the building, which opened in 1901. I suggest Mr Tony Trehy pays a visit to specsavers, it seems that he has a problem with his eyesight Yellow Hackle
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12:58pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Thetwelfth says...

“The central library has already been decimated”.

The library in Bury has NOT been decimated. That is a myth, and a lie.

Decimated means reduced by ten percent, and the library has lost about two thirds of its floor space and resources. That’s FAR worse than being decimated.
“The central library has already been decimated”. The library in Bury has NOT been decimated. That is a myth, and a lie. Decimated means reduced by ten percent, and the library has lost about two thirds of its floor space and resources. That’s FAR worse than being decimated. Thetwelfth
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5:36pm Thu 11 Sep 14

tottyman says...

Thank the lord for reducing the bin collections or the council would never be able to afford these errr works of art.
Thank the lord for reducing the bin collections or the council would never be able to afford these errr works of art. tottyman
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