Controversial £20,000 metal trees are finally installed in Bury St Edmunds street

Mark Westley Photography One of the metal trees in St Andrew's Street South, Bury
Mark Westley Photography One of the metal trees in St Andrew's Street South, Bury
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Two controversial £20,000 metal trees have finally been installed in a major Bury St Edmunds street.

The sculptures, in St Andrew’s Street South at the back of the arc shopping centre, were due to be installed last year but this was delayed by county council bosses due to complications with their location.

The trees, which will be lit up at night, were approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to enhance the streetscape and were funded through section 106 contributions from arc developer Centros Millar specifically for the installation of public art.

However, they have attracted some criticism with claims they are a ‘waste of money’.

Cllr David Nettleton said: “I think they’re totally unnecessary. I don’t see what the function of them is.”

They were made by metal sculptor Nigel Kaines, of Designs on Metal, in Stowlangtoft, who produced the ‘With the Grain’ and St Edmund sculptures on Kings Road and Risbygate roundabouts.

He said: “In all honestly I think they’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. With the location and backdrop of the arc I think they look excellent. I’m hoping perhaps some people who are on the fence or aren’t keen hopefully they will grow on them.” He said their installation is ‘quite special’ as it coincides with the 30th anniversary of his company.

A council spokesman said the creations ‘add to the wealth of sculpture in the town’.