Man of the mo­ment

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

THIS three-me­tre-high statue of a seated man has been caus­ing quite a stir.

The Man on the Moors statue was put up in June in the North York Moors Na­tional Park and is likely to have been a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion on the Bank Hol­i­day.

Built by a lo­cal phi­lan­thropist and landowner, the ‘Seated Fig­ure’ – as it’s re­ferred to in plans – sits on a tra­di­tional three-legged trav­el­ling stool on Castle­ton Rigg.

It sits on Wes­terdale Moor, east of Wes­terdale and south of Castle­ton, close to Crag House Farm and over­look­ing the moor. Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the painted bronze statue – which some lo­cals say looks like Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn – was granted by the Na­tional Park in July.

Cre­ated by artist

Sean Henry, and com­mis­sioned by the David Ross Foun­da­tion, it is prov­ing to be a big draw for tourists and vis­i­tors pre­pared to hike the half a mile to see it.

It’s due to re­main in place for five years and it has al­ready proved to be quite con­tro­ver­sial on so­cial me­dia.

One com­men­tor com­plained it showed how the nat­u­ral beauty of the coun­try­side was be­ing spoiled by “the ‘arty farty’ bri­gade”.

But an­other said: “I found it to be rather mag­nif­i­cent and thought pro­vok­ing. But there you go, one man’s art is an­other man’s trash.”

The sculp­ture had been ob­jected to by the North York­shire Moors As­so­ci­a­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has ac­cused the landowner who com­mis­sioned the piece of vis­it­ing the area “only a few days a year” and la­belled the statue an “un­nec­es­sary vis­ual in­tru­sion”.

JOHN MAUDE

The “Seated Fig­ure” sculp­tured by Sean Henry on Castle­ton Rigg above Wes­terdale

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