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'Shadow Gate' sculpture is rejected

Shadow Gate sculpture Credit: Credit: Tonkin Liu and Arup architects

Councillors in Hull have rejected plans for a new sculpture to be placed next to the Beverley Gate ruins.

It was decided the 10m shell laced sculpture, dubbed 'Shadow Gate', was too large and in the wrong location.

We respect the decision of the Planning Committee who have listened to all of the views put forward, including concerns of its location, during the consultation period.

The commissioning of work from world-class artists is an integral part of our public realm programme and the long-term plans to make the city centre a distinctive, welcoming and fascinating place to visit.

We will continue to work with our other commissioned artists to represent the city’s history, character and architecture throughout the wider public realm programme. Given the need to ensure that the work in this area is completed on schedule, we are not proposing to bring forward any further proposals for this site.

– Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager

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Celebrating Rio with a Carnival of Flowers

Floral carnival costume

A spectacular carnival tribute to the forthcoming Rio games is to go on display at Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

It's believed to be the first ever carnival costume made from fresh flowers and foliage - and visitors to the show will be able to see it from tomorrow until April 24th.

The 12ft by 12ft work of art will form part of Britain's biggest exhibition of floristry and flower arranging. It's been created by international carnival designer Hughbon Condor and award-winning florist Helen James, with the support of funding from Arts Council.

The costume contains more than 30 metres of aluminium tubing and fibreglass rods, and over 1,400 fresh flowers and pieces of plant material, taking a staggering 155 hours to complete.

Up to 60,000 visitors are expected at the flower show, which will also feature large scale exhibits from floristry colleges across the region, who will be celebrating the forthcoming games in Brazil with the theme Carnival Rio Style.

Hull City Council launches blitz on fly-tipping

Hull City Council is launching a blitz on fly-tipping. It has received more than 4,500 reports of illegal dumping in the past year, with almost 1,200 enforcement orders being handed out.

Bid to tackle rubbish problem

The growing problem has been blamed on funding cuts but now the council is to spend £30,000 on four temporary cleaning crews, set on to rid the city of the rubbish, and another £30,000 could also be spent on an awareness campaign.

The action, revealed in a report to appear before cabinet members setting out the council's plan to tackle the fly-tipping problem in Hull, comes as councillors look to "significantly improve" cleanliness across the city.

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