Revellers help Truro's 'Drummer' sculpture to cover up
REVELLERS in Truro decided to help The Drummer cover up last night – although their target area was slightly higher than the sculpture’s critics might have liked.
Famed for wearing very little to preserve his modesty, the controversial statue in Lemon Quay was seen wearing a traffic cone on his head this morning.
Several shoppers emailed snaps of The Drummer’s new look to the West Briton, with one saying: “I think he looks quite good in it – and at least it might stop the seagulls from doing their business on his head!”
The bronze statue, created by artist Tim Shaw, has divided opinion since it was unveiled two years ago.
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Critics first balked at the £95,000 price tag – and then reeled at the anatomical fidelity of the statue.
Crowds gasped and giggled when the curtain was lifted on the statue at a special ceremony in June 2011.
At the time, patron of the Cornish arts, Sir Richard Carew Pole, said Cornwall Council had taken a “brave decision” to back the statue.
He said: “It will make us all, as we pass it on our daily routes, reflect and quietly think about our history and our lives and all that goes with it.”
Queen drummer Roger Taylor added: “I am honoured and delighted to be involved in this fabulous elemental and slightly controversial, in some ways, but magnificent sculpture. I think it is going to add to Truro.”
He joked: “No anatomical part was modelled on me. But it will certainly be talked about.”