British locals up in arms as naked golden statue retired for the winter
residents of English town They are now crying out after a 30-foot-high nude gold statue was removed on October 11th on the advice of the city council.
“Wigan Council has outraged local residents by forcing the owners to remove the statue, citing the planning as an excuse,” council member Stewart Gerrard told Fox News Digital via an email statement. “There was only one complaint compared to the joy it gave to thousands of passersby and it must be allowed to erect again at once.”
The statue, which was previously installed as part of “The Gladiator” by Russell Crowe A promotional tour, pulled away through Wigan after five years as a city landmark. Residents, who came to affectionately call them ‘Golden Balls’ and ‘Willie’, are now calling the removal process ‘ridiculous’, according to the Manchester Evening News.
“A sad day today at The Forge. The Golden Man is leaving us. He definitely made an impact while he was here. Love him or hate him because he was a talking point,” Grant’s Furniture, Obscurities & Gifts shared on social media.
“I’ve lost my evening laughs to work in awe of his owls, he’s got me on some hard night shift at times for 12 hours,” one Social media user Spread. “Farewell, beautiful, golden Adonis.”
“The council has been in contact with the landowner regarding the need for planning permission related to the statue. The statue was recently removed, so the council is now reviewing its next steps in line with its normal operations,” a municipal council spokesperson told the outlet.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the Wigan Board for comment.
The statue originally stood outside Titan Flooring Specialists and was later moved to a parking lot outside a furniture store, where it has remained for the past year. The statue’s owner told the Manchester Evening News that it is currently in storage to protect it in the meantime winter months.
“The Council strives to be arts and culture The capital of northwest England, but insisting on removing this artistic statue. Obviously a statue of David or Venus de Milo will also be taken away in Wigan,” Gerrard told Fox News Digital regarding the statue’s features.
Antique shop owner Grant Adamson told The Sun he was “devastated” after the statue was removed. He told the outlet that he believed the statue was eventually removed after a man complained about the statue’s nudity, which ultimately sparked an ongoing “planning permission dispute.”
“I wonder if Wigan Council officials would object to Michelangelo’s statue of David? Or perhaps even some of the paintings in Sistine Chapel Or even the ceiling that Michelangelo made, a lot of nudes,” another user wrote on social media.
Gerrard told Fox News Digital that he has written to the board’s CEO hoping the gold statue will be back in place by spring.