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Concerned Councillor Pleads With Sculpture Climbers

Friday May 31 2013


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PEOPLE climbing the new sculpture outside Barnsley Town Hall have been warned by a concerned councillor.

Over the past few days, we've been made aware of several people who have taken their life into their own hands by climbing up the 33ft-high sculpture.

"I am extremely concerned about people entering a building site, as well as attempting to climb the sculpture," Cllr Roy Miller said.

"I hope people will use their common sense and refrain from doing so. They are putting their lives at risk.

"The police have rightly arrested an individual for such an act over the weekend, and I would fully expect this to be repeated if such behaviour continues."

When questioned what they're planning to do to prevent people from climbing it in the future, the council released this statement: "Holly bush planting will take place around the base of the sculpture in late June, before the area is open to the public.

"This is intended to act as a deterrent. People should use their common sense and not put their lives in danger by trying to climb it."

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Reply Posted by Dave Hughes on Friday May 31 2013 at 10:28
What did they expect? How many times were they warned that they were erecting a ladder for drunks? Who was consulted on this? Certainly not the council-tax paying public who have paid for it. People say you could pin a red rosette on a donkey and Barnsley people would vote for it. Well it looks like that's exactly what happened.

Reply Posted by Scott Doonican on Friday May 31 2013 at 10:57
Here here Dave! Though there's definitely a song in this somewhere!

Reply Posted by jo-jo on Friday May 31 2013 at 10:55
Instead of a climbing frame for drunken yobs the money could have been spent on creating more jobs and changing the attitude of barnsley people to thinking make progress and positive changes to aspire to more than life on dole. The students of College could have aspired to making sculptures to decorate the gardens around the museum for the future of all Barnsley and visitors to be amazed of the talet we have on our door step .

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday May 31 2013 at 11:06
Utter rubbish. It's a piece of Art that now has the majority of Barnsley discussing culture rather than Pop Idol or X factor etc. How can defend moronic thugs climbing a statue, there is no excuse for that in my book.

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday June 3 2013 at 12:18
"Moronic Thugs" ? For climbing a ******* statue, are you serious?

Better get them holly bushes in quick, them yobbos and thugs ( or just kids who have nothing to do in this dead little town but are labelled as such by the rest of the ignorant old backwards people) will be wrapped around it when this article hits the Chronicle.

Reply Posted by sash on Friday May 31 2013 at 11:10
the council should of seen this all coming its a death statue not a piece of art. its obvious people are going to climb whether drunk or sober. this sculpture is putting people lives at risk and should have never been put up in the first place. its your own fault and tbh its a waste of police time having to arrest individuals for climbing it when there are more serious crimes going off. take the ugly thing down and stop putting citizens of barnsley at risk.

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday May 31 2013 at 11:22
Well it obviously is art, if you like it is another matter. Why do people have the urge to climb it? In my opinion letting the idiots climb it stops them robbing, wolf whistling young girls, scratching cars, drinking in the park. Surely it's that type of individual who climbs the statue. What other rational human being would do it.

Reply Posted by tom on Friday May 31 2013 at 11:30
I wish barnsley would think before doing things what did they think would happen when putting up something with steps going all the way up to the top! not to mention how much money was wasted on that awful thing its more of a eye sore than anything else! and woah "Holly bush planting" that is really going to stop them it wouldn't surprise me if they took them home then climed that thing, what was wrong of putting the money into the empty shops in barnsley.

Reply Posted by anon on Friday May 31 2013 at 11:39
Out of interest what would they do with the empty shops? Using them as cultural exhbitis wouldn't work as can be seen above. There is no point in opnening them up as shops as they failed in the first place and apparatenly the people of barnsley are too busy spending their money on getting drunk and climbing statues. The council can't win, in hard times they are doing a decent jobs albeit not perfect.

Reply Posted by Michelle on Friday May 31 2013 at 12:41
I wonder if the have people up in the north climbing the Angel of The North, or is it just Barnsley that has idiots. I don't mind it but I can understand why people think it is a waste of money.
People need to understand though that because this is funded by the National Lottery Grants then the money cannot be used anywhere else but for what it was applied for.

Reply Posted by KW on Friday May 31 2013 at 14:30
Right. One thing, £5000 is nothing - more will be spent on council loo roll. £5000 to an individual household is not the same as £5000 to a council.

People need to see what Barnsley is trying to achieve from things like the Sculpture as well as further developments it is currently planning/building. They are trying to re-invent the town, shake off the coal dust and make it a more cultural and creative place to be - shock horror, this means spending some money. This in turn will make Barnsley a more appealing place - attracting businesses to the area with money and jobs.

Unfortunately, anything new always divides opinion. But if people stopped putting Barnsley in the press for all the wrong reasons, the fella featured above, Thatchers funeral etc. the Council wouldn't have such an uphill struggle.

Oh and anyone complaining about an "eye sore" or "rust bucket" that shouldn't be there because it will attract scum to climb it. I suggest you take a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - basically a field and some "eye sores" - also know as a successful organization, provided many jobs and attracting thousands of people from all over the country to visit this area every year.

Reply Posted by Dave Hughes. on Friday May 31 2013 at 14:48
"Right. One thing." £5,000 may be "nothing" shared between 100,000 households but a reduction in council tax is not what would have been dome with it otherwise. There are many better ways to spend £5,000 than to erect an ugly death trap outside a beautiful traditional building. The fact that anyone considered that to be an appropriate setting just proves that they shouldn't be meddling with art. Oh, and the whole ridiculous episode will cost £9,000 as we have, at some point in the future, send it back to YSP.

If you want to turn the town centre into "a more cultural and creative" place I suggest employing a decision maker with the first idea of aesthetics and not rely on the judgement of the donkeys with rosettes.

Reply Posted by KW on Friday May 31 2013 at 15:08
It's the most iconic and visited place in the Town Centre (especially when the museum is launched) with a large footfall due to the one way system - i can't think of any better, more central place to send out the message to both visitors and people who live here, that Barnsley is changing.

God only knows how London moved onto build the likes of the Shard near all those limestone buildings.

We shouldn't be shaping the town around people whoe are old enough to know better. This guy is 33 years old, if that's the approach we must take let's all live underground, as i fear the height of my roof maybe deemed a deathtrap.




Reply Posted by maxine on Friday May 31 2013 at 17:15
Cllr Roy Miller should have shown his concern when debating which sculpture to have.... Or at least his common sense.. ooops sorry I forgot, he lacks that part!!

Reply Posted by Ged on Saturday June 1 2013 at 15:34
And what's the cost of a beat bobby or two standing guard at the weekends? This work o fart is an accident waiting to happen, bite the bullet Roy, remove the temptation before someone gets hurt or worse. You know it makes sense. If you put this up in a playground it would be your fault if a kid was hurt. The only difference is the kids in town on a Saturday night are a bit older.

Reply Posted by Pat on Sunday June 2 2013 at 22:19
What an awful , disgusting object the thing is , we need lots of important things in Barnsley NOT that terrible thing. what about the roads ??? books for the schools ???? Lollypop people for the kids safety ???? where are your brains Barnsley Council . knock the obscene object down .

Reply Posted by Sharon on Monday June 3 2013 at 10:46
Out of idle curiosity does Barnsley have its own climbing wall or do we have to go elsewhere, like Sheffield or Doncaster? I think there's one in Castleford.....

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday June 3 2013 at 17:22
The only idiots who who failed to realise that this sculpture by its own designe will be a constant challenge to beer fuelled revellers. The Council should be held to account for the first death from falling off this monument to stupidity. I suppose the police will be expected to guard it 24/7 at our expense of course.!!

Reply Posted by waste of money on Sunday July 28 2013 at 01:09
Its a disgusting rusty looking monstrosity its not a statue!!!!!!