Poll: ‘Egg whisk’ erected in Gants Hill
PUBLISHED: 15:05 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:11 09 March 2015
A giant “egg whisk” has been erected this afternoon.
The 16 metre construction called The Vortex was installed at Gants Hill roundabout after years of delays.
The artwork, designed by award-winning Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress, was first unveiled in 2010.
Deputy council leader Cllr Wes Streeting said: “After much anticipation, I’m pleased that the public art at Gants Hill is being installed so that residents and people visiting from outside the Borough can enjoy it.”
The structure which the council hope will become a “real talking point” comes at no cost to taxpayers and is funded by developers.
Cllr Streeting added: “This work was commissioned by the previous administration and I’d particularly like to acknowledge the contribution of former councillor Ruth Clark, for whom this has been a labour of love, as well as Cllr Barbara White and all those involved with the Gants Hill regeneration project to secure this art work for the area.”
However, one Gants Hill resident has called the artwork a “hideous monstrosity”.
Michael Green said: “It’s not at all what I thought it would be – it’s worse. I have no idea what it’s supposed to be.
“It will put Gants Hill on the map for all the wrong reasons. I know it has not cost the council anything but I still think it’s a waste.”
He added: “It should be removed as quickly as possible.”
On Twitter @JustFiz said: “I love the huge metal sculpture which welcomes people to Barking, not so sure about this one. Maybe if I knew what it was.”
On Facebook Emma Woolley said: “Waste of money.”
Kimmy Shabbir said: “It looks like a rusty bit of metal I have 2 look at everyday, depressing!”
Aysha Kiani said: “Certainly not a pleasant sight.”
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