News ID: 136990
Published: 0249 GMT February 19, 2016

Salisbury Cathedral giant hands artwork 'bumped into by texters'

Salisbury Cathedral giant hands artwork 'bumped into by texters'

An artwork consisting of a massive pair of clasped hands has had to be moved away from a cathedral path due to people "bumping" into them.

The 20ft tall (6m) sculpture was positioned at Salisbury Cathedral, inviting people to walk in-between the wrists.

But it has been shifted off North Walk as a decision was taken that it was not well enough illuminated in the dark.

Artist Sophie Ryder wrote online that people were "walking through texting".

Some had "bumped their heads", she said.

The artwork is part of an exhibition by the British sculptor which began a week ago and runs until July 3.

Other pieces in the Monumental exhibition include life-sized Minotaurs and a Lady Hare as large as a house.

Ryder posted on Facebook: "We had to move the hands sculpture because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!"

Canon Robert Titley, the cathedral treasurer, said the clasped hands "form an arch which positively invites you to walk underneath".

"That was working fine, at least during the day," he said. "We then picked up a couple of signals that during the hours of darkness one or two people had bumped into it.

"We could see how, if you didn't see too well in the dark, this could be a hazard. So we've moved it a few meters onto the grass."

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