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NEWCASTLE'S 'LEGO MEN' SET TO GET THEIR MARCHING ORDERS

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Newcastle City Council is to remove a£270,000 sculpture from a pedestrian precinct just six months after it was un...
Newcastle City Council is to remove a£270,000 sculpture from a pedestrian precinct just six months after it was unveiled because it attracted public ridicule, reports The Daily Telegraph (p17).

Visitors to the Haymarket shopping mall called the untitled work The Lego Men, and complained that its central fountains soaked anyone passing too close.

The sculpture of 52 linked concrete figures, by Ray Smith, was paid for with£160,000 form the city council and£110,000 donated by local traders as part of a£3m local improvement scheme.

Officials are preparing a report for the council, suggesting that it be replaced with a set of ornamental railings.

Kevan Jones, the council's development spokesman, said: 'The sooner it goes the better and if the costs are right it will be removed. I would like to see it scrapped completely because I don't know why we should inflict it upon people anywhere else in the city. If necessary I would happily take a sledgehammer and knock it to pieces myself.

'This has been an expensive embarrassment to this city, with no one willing to shoulder responsibility. It has been nothing but a fiasco from start to finish.'

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