HACKED-off sculptor Andrew Vickers was controversially ordered to move his war dead tribute figure of a grieving woman from a dry stone wall - but he’s found a new home for it, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
Remorse, his preparation work for a new Sheffield war memorial, has been bought by budding artist Holly Eyre to sit on her family’s garden wall in Ridgeway.
It was originally on public show in Storrs Lane, Bradfield. But some locals complained that it was a distraction to motorists and a tripping hazard.
Andrew, who works under the name of Stoneface, was told by the council to move it.
He has replaced the work with another controversial sculpture of a woman - called No Remorse - with an extended middle finger, to flag his ‘contempt’ for the objectors.
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Andrew’s work sells for thousands of pounds and pop legend Sir Cliff Richard owns a piece.
Remorse has sold for an undisclosed sum.
Holly, aged 18, who is studying art at studying art at Chesterfield College, said her family are big fans of his work.
She said: “We have other carvings by Andy and when we heard he was looking for somewhere for Remorse we decided we had to have her. We’ve put her on the wall where I used to play and sit when I was young - so it’s a great place.”
Andrew said: “Remorse was in a really high profile place but unfortunately she couldn’t stay there.
“She’ll not be seen by the public as such any more but I’m happy she’s got a good new home, in a really beautiful spot.
“Hand on heart, I wish she could have stayed where she was. But the publicity from all this has been incredible. I never dreamed it would have brought all this attention. People are now buying my stuff in London.”
He said of No Remorse: “It summed up my contempt for the council. It just sits on the wall. Its legs don’t sit over the wall, which caused the problem in the first place.”
Sheffield Council said highways officers asked for the original sculpture to be moved a metre or so away from the road, so it wasn’t a hazard and didn’t distract drivers.
n Watch our video report at www.thestar.co.uk/video with links to Stoneface’s official web site at stonefacesculpture.com