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Extinction Rebellion logo appears on historic Wiltshire white horse

The XR logo was created out of black clothes and material. Credit: Extinction Rebellion Vale of Pewsey

An Extinction Rebellion logo appeared on the historic Alton Barnes White Horse at the weekend in Wiltshire.

The XR logo, which depicts an hourglass and is synonymous with Extinction Rebellion, was created out of black clothes and material.

Critics have slammed the move, saying it was 'disrespectful' to Wiltshire's famous landmark.

Others were quick to defend the movement, reminding them that the logo was temporary, and only made from T-shirts.

Members of the climate activist group, Extinction Rebellion Vale of Pewsey have called it a piece of 'flash art'.

We laid out soft fabrics to create a piece of flash art that we had every intention of removing without trace by daybreak.

Let’s be clear, this was by no means an illegal act. We did not vandalise nor deface what is a beautiful chalk monument on the soil of our local community. We too love the White Horse, and it is because of that love that we chose to do it.

We have acted out of love. Love of our community, our landscape, our children, our planet.

– Members of Extinction Rebellion

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The leader of Wiltshire Council, Philip Whitehead has criticised the 'protest'.

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The logo has now been removed, with protesters saying there was no trace of it ever being there.