29 August 2012
Last updated at 10:13
Nottingham artist Lord Biro has created an exhibition in protest against the proposed new Jolly Fisherman statue at Skegness Railway Station. He has called on the people of Nottinghamshire to lobby Lincolnshire County Council over the plans.
The artist, whose real name is Dave Bishop, said the existing statue is an iconic mascot of the Lincolnshire seaside town, which greets visitors as they arrive by train from Nottingham.
The existing statue is damaged and repairing it would cost as much as replacing it. Skegness Mayor Mark Anderson said the proposed new design looked like a Buddha or a gargoyle. Lincolnshire County Council has since agreed the town council would be allowed to have input on the design.
Lord Biro's exhibition includes a piece where two mermaids criticise the design on a fictitious news channel called Sea News, which is meant to be similar to Sky News.
A piece called Miss Mabel Thorpe is included in the exhibition. "She's blue because she's freezing," explained Lord Biro, who has visited Mablethorpe regularly throughout his life.
Lord Biro drew Skegness Monster a number of years ago after sightings of the mysterious creature. Footage appearing to show the Skegness Monster was posted on YouTube earlier this month.
The exhibition includes pieces inspired by the wider Lincolnshire coast, which Lord Biro said was like his second home. He described Crabella as a "seductive vamp" or "a sexy looking crab with big blue eyes".
Rotten Yellow Submarine is a comment on the use of technology to over fish. The exhibition is in the West End Arcade, Nottingham, until 1 September.
Lord Biro describes himself as leader of the Bus Pass Elvis Party, or Church of the Militant Elvis Party, and has stood as a candidate in many general elections and by-elections. His pet hates include Big Brother, children being targeted by big corporate brands, and the mocking of the working class by middle class writers.