Letchworth artwork now an ‘eyesore’

Barry Kannenberg stands in front of the flames which welcome people to Letchworth

Barry Kannenberg stands in front of the flames which welcome people to Letchworth - Credit: Archant

An art feature in the centre of a town has been branded an “eyesore”.

Barry Kannenberg, of Beach Hill in Letchworth GC, says the ‘flames’ on Eastcheap in the town centre are “disgustingly dirty” and told the Comet that something should be done to clean them up.

The sculptures – which were installed in 2009 – can be seen as people enter the town via Letchworth Railway Station and Mr Kannenberg feels they should be properly maintained.

The 62-year-old said: “They disgust me. I fealt that someone should clean them up because they have become an eyesore.

“When they were first installed they looked lovely but it looks as though no one has cleaned them since and now they just look horrible.


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“I think the person responsible for them should pay some money and get them cleaned up because it reflects badly on the town.”

Paul McKenna, environment and landscape manager for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation which maintain the flames, said: “The sculptures are made of copper so they will weather but we are always happy to receive feedback. We have inspected them and are happy with their condition though we will regularly monitor them.”

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