Great Crested newt sculptures return at York shopping park

Artist Dan Savage with steel newts which are returning to the Vangarde shopping park

Artist Dan Savage with steel newts which are returning to the Vangarde shopping park

First published in News

SCULPTURES paying tribute to hundreds of Great Crested newts are being put back in place at a York shopping centre.

Vangarde Shopping Park was once home to around 300 of the creatures, leading to bosses putting stainless steel replicas in place at the site when it first opened in April.

They were recently removed and taken away to be re-designed, but the work to make them more sustainable is now complete and they have returned to the complex.

Deb O’Donnell, centre manager, said: “We have had visitors asking in large numbers where the newts had gone, which is a testament to their popularity.

“We wanted to ensure the newts had a good length of longevity and they were sustainable to make sure people visiting Vangarde in years to come will enjoy them as much as they are enjoyed today.”

Artist Dan Savage, who designed the newts, said he will be donating ten of the newts to the gardens of Hamilton House in Holgate, which is a home for looked-after children in York.

He said: “These newts have brought a smile to children’s faces visiting Vangarde since it opened.”

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5:11pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Jazzper says...

And here's me thinking the 'Pikeys' had stolen them ;-)
And here's me thinking the 'Pikeys' had stolen them ;-) Jazzper
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2:52am Wed 20 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

speaking of 'sculptures', what is that thing concisting of green pipes sticking up beside the Giraffe restaurant? to me it looks like the flarestacks you get an an oil refinery, chimneys with fire coming out of the top, but that it isn't working...
speaking of 'sculptures', what is that thing concisting of green pipes sticking up beside the Giraffe restaurant? to me it looks like the flarestacks you get an an oil refinery, chimneys with fire coming out of the top, but that it isn't working... Magicman!
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