Tyson Fury’s drainpipe sculpture mocked by Morecambe residents

A recently completed contemporary sculpture of two-time heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has angered residents of Morecambe.

The sculpture, due to be erected this weekend in Morecambe, will be “the world’s first public sculpture” of the boxing champion.

But residents were quick to let their feelings be known about the new facility, which is made of plastic drainage pipes.

Creator Anthony Padgett said: “The sculpture was inspired by Tyson Fury. It represents the essence of the punch, the key moment in boxing.

“It’s great to have a sculpture representing Tyson’s global feat in Morecambe.

“To also have a contemporary piece of art shows that Morecambe is progressive in its view of art.

I used to see Tyson Fury at the cafe but never spoke to him. I hope he likes the job.”

But this sentiment was not shared by all Morecambe residents.

Simon Gooch said: ‘I heard a sculpture of Tyson Fury was in the works. I didn’t think it was literally’ and Jessica Mace added: ‘I’m very open-minded when it comes to art, but it’s just insulting!”

Trish Jay also posted, “Reminds me of when my kids were in grade school and the teachers asked them to make sculptures out of household scraps.”

Anthony Padgett, himself from Morecambe, said contemporary art is different from traditional ‘realistic’ sculpture and ‘uses everyday objects in new ways’.

However, Helen Waner defended the work saying, “It’s just a sculpture inspired by the boxer” and Shain Lister tried to defuse the situation by telling everyone to “calm down!”.

In response to the negative comments, Mr Padgett said: “Tyson is a people person. I used everyday materials from people to build the sculpture.

“Storm drains bear the brunt of the weather. They are part of the courage and determination of society. Tyson came from humble beginnings and is now a global icon.”

He also added that he would like to make a more realistic sculpture if commissioned.

The sculpture is due to be unveiled at the Morecambe Bay Art Fair this weekend before being moved to its permanent location outside Joe & Lee’s Cafe on the seafront, a tribute to the very spot where Tyson Fury trained and ate in his youth.

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