🤔😀😐 Britain's tallest ceramic statue has provoked ridicule from locals and been branded "a colossal waste of money" after it was installed in St Austell, with even the local MP saying it doesn't reflect the Cornish town's identity.
🤔😀😐 The Earth Goddess structure, which is understood to have cost £80,000 to commission and is 38ft tall, was created by artist Sandy Brown and after three years in the making was recently installed in the town centre.
🤔😀😐 The creation is a celebration of St Austell’s China clay heritage and is intended to be the crowning piece of the Austell Project's Whitegold Ceramic Art Trail.
🤔😀😐 However, locals have mocked the ceramic statue ahead of its official unveiling this weekend. It has been labelled an "absolute waste of money" by local residents who have likened it to a "giant Native American totem".
🤔😀😐 While some admired the design, many locals were critical of the statue online, with one posting: "Probably the most laughable thing in Cornwall. What a total joke."
🤔😀😐 Another resident asked: "Maybe I will put some feathers in my hair and dance around it."
🤔😀😐 Steve Double, a local MP, posted a statement online to make it clear that he had “no involvement in the decision of the design” and would not be at the unveiling on Saturday.
🤔😀😐 "I appreciate art is subjective," he wrote. ''I appreciate that there may be some people who like this statue, however clearly there are many who don't.
🤔😀😐 ''Personally, if I were involved in choosing something that reflects St Austell's identity, heritage and history, I think it is fair to say I would not have chosen this design.''
🤔😀😐 He also insisted no taxpayer money had been spent on the project.