Man of the moment
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”.
The “Seated Figure” sculptured by Sean Henry on Castleton Rigg above Westerdale