Artist's giant Dartmoor chair dismantled

A 20ft (6m) high oak chair on Dartmoor is being dismantled.

The sculpture, by artist Henry Bruce, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor, is being taken down after its planning permission ran out.

Dartmoor National Park said it could not renew the permission because sight-seers were causing traffic problems in the area.

Mr Bruce said the chair would go into storage while he looked for a new setting for it.

The sculpture was built in 2006 by Mr Bruce on private land without planning permission. He was granted temporary retrospective permission.

Colin Jarvis of the national park said the structure was a victim of its own success.

He said: "Many members [of the park authority] in fact expressed their support for it and its inspiration.

"But it was the fact that it had become an attraction and a destination in its own right, giving rise to these highways problems, that meant it was not appropriate to continue it in that location."

Mr Bruce said: "Very good friends of mine who are carpenters are helping me remove it, and they've got a yard where we can store it until it finds a new home."

A campaign on the social networking site Facebook to "Save the Giant's chair on Dartmoor" attracted more than 6,000 members.

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