Published: 06:00, 08 January 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
The battle to keep the iconic Antony Gormley boulders in Ashford has been lost.
Kent County Council has confirmed plans to relocate the sculptures - created by the leading sculptor - from Ashford to Maidstone.
The nine-tonne rocks had been sited at Singleton Lake, near Ashford, for about 30 years.
But after suffering vandalism, KCC removed the sculptures - Mr Gormley’s first professional commission - to undergo restoration work.
KCC project manager Matt Hyland confirmed what many feared.
Mr Hyland said: “KCC is proud to have commissioned Antony Gormley’s first work and is working with him to ensure that it achieves the new location and prominence that this seminal work deserves.
“The Gormley sculpture is a unique and increasingly valuable asset to KCC.
“But the extensive vandalism and increasing value has changed the context of where and how the sculpture can be displayed in the future.
“A new highly prominent and carefully chosen secure location has become critical to the project; to guarantee its future general safety.
“And the agreed Maidstone location provides the overall and unrivalled solution."
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
Your No1 guide to getting married in Kent. From dresses to discos and venues to veils, we've got everything you could possibly need for your big day
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating!
PLUS, register for free!.
Read our pick of the best holiday destinations. Whether its a weekend break, or something a little bit longer, we have reviewed a wide range of holidays.