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Sculpture in Glasgow’s Queen’s Park bent back into shape after damage from people sitting on it

© PAChildren play and sit on the sculpture in the middle of the duck pond at Queen’s Park, Glasgow earlier this year
Children play and sit on the sculpture in the middle of the duck pond at Queen’s Park, Glasgow earlier this year

A renowned sculpture in the middle of a duck pond needed thousands of pounds of repairs after people sat on it when the water froze over last winter.

The kinetic sculpture, by American artist George Rickey, was bent out of shape weeks after it was installed in the pond at Queen’s Park on the southside of Glasgow.

The rotating work, entitled Three Right Angles Horizontal: Triple L, was jammed after being sat on by members of the public who ventured onto the pond when it froze over in January this year.

It has not moved since.

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Three Right Angles Horizontal by George Rickey being installed in December 2020 (Pic: Glasgow City Council/PA Wire)

Engineers reassembled the work last week in a bid to return it to its original moving state, with some damaged parts having to be replaced.

Now parks bosses have warned members of the public to stay off the artwork, after repairs of £2,500 following thousands spent on its installation.

Glasgow City Council said: “The return of Three Right Angles Horizontal to view was a great moment for public art in Glasgow.

“Unfortunately, when the pond froze over in the early part of the year, the public were able to access the sculpture and use it in ways it was never designed for.”