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Sculpture moved from North Yorkshire beauty spot due to popularity

A sculpture at a North Yorkshire beauty spot has been moved because of its "overwhelming popularity".

Over the last two years, visitors have caused erosion to the moorland after visiting The Seated Figure on Castleton Rigg.

But due to concerns for the moorland, the 10ft high bronze statue is being relocated to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The Seated Figure was created in 2017 Credit: PA

The artist who created the sculpture, Sean Henry, said although the planning permission on the moors had been granted until 2023, there had been concerns from local residents about littering and parking issues.

He posted this on his Facebook page:

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  • Chris France, Director of Planning at the North York Moors National Park Authority said:

The owners of the Seated Man Sculpture, which has become a well-liked landmark on Castelton Rigg overlooking Westerdale, have decided it is time to relocate it to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, where he will be in the company of other internationally renowned sculptures.

Planning permission had been granted for the sculpture to be in place for five years, and although this permission was not due for renewal until 2023, his overwhelming popularity was leading to moorland erosion, litter and parking issues, which were causing concern for local landowners. The now familiar “man of the moors” will be missed locally, but will still be available for the public to enjoy in his new, slightly more accessible home.

– North York Moors National Park Authority