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Salisbury Cathedral giant hands artwork 'bumped into by texters'

  • 19 February 2016
  • From the section Wiltshire
The Kiss sculpture at Salisbury Cathedral Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The artwork "could be a hazard" in the dark, the cathedral admitted

An artwork consisting of a massive pair of clasped hands has had to be moved away from a cathedral path due to people "bumping" into them.

The 20ft tall (6m) sculpture, called The Kiss, was positioned at Salisbury Cathedral, inviting people to walk in-between the wrists.

But it has been shifted off North Walk as a decision was taken that it was not well enough illuminated in the dark.

Artist Sophie Ryder wrote online that people were "walking through texting".

Some had "bumped their heads", she said.

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Image caption Sculptor Sophie Ryder said people had reported "bumping their heads" while texting and walking

The artwork is part of an exhibition by the British sculptor which began a week ago and runs until 3 July.

Other pieces in the Monumental exhibition include life-sized Minotaurs and a Lady Hare as large as a house.

Ms Ryder posted on Facebook: "We had to move 'The Kiss' because people were walking through texting and said they bumped their heads! Oh well!!"

Canon Dr Robert Titley, the cathedral treasurer, said the clasped hands "form an arch which positively invites you to walk underneath".

"That was working fine, at least during the day," he said. "We then picked up a couple of signals that during the hours of darkness one or two people had bumped into it.

"We could see how, if you didn't see too well in the dark, this could be a hazard. So we've moved it a few metres onto the grass."

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