Scary spiders banished from A27 roundabout

Stuart Slade's Curious Scuttle-Heads have been deemed a danger to motorists and must be removed after a short stay

Arundel Gallery Trail has been told to take the spiders away

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Giant spiders have been banned from a roundabout because of fears they could scare drivers into crashing.

The Highways Agency is forcing Arundel Gallery Trail to remove the sculptures from the A27 roundabout only ten days after they were installed because of concerns they could cause an accident.

The Causeway roundabout has been used as a gallery for up-and-coming artists for more than a decade.

But an agency investigation, sparked by one complaint, concluded the arachnoid art was too dangerous because it could distract motorists.

Sculptor Stuart Slade, 34, a mature fine art student at Northbrook College, said: “There have been sculptures on that roundabout for 15 years without any problems.

“I put a lot of heart into creating these sculptures and feel gutted I am going to have to take them down. You take it on the chin when people say they do not like your art but to have to remove it because it is a giant spider is hard to take.”

The Curious Scuttle-Heads are designed to be a race of mutants from the future which are part insect, part human and part machine.

They are supposed to be the result of a genetic experiment carried out to create beings that can survive in hostile conditions.

Mr Slade said he enjoyed experimenting with various materials but was extremely disappointed that his first major display had been scuppered.

Michelle Scott, of the Arundel Gallery Trail, said she could not understand why a 10ft tall chicken statue had been allowed on a Dorking roundabout for more than a year, while the spider sculptures were being removed.

She said: “There seems to be one person that has made a real issue out of it. We are looking at alternative sites and will remove the sculptures by the end of the week.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said this year’s decision did not preclude installations in the future but the scale and style of future sculptures would need to be discussed.

Regarding the Dorking feature, he said the roundabout was the responsibility of that council.

He added: “We have an agreement with the organisers for them to put up the sculptures.

“Unfortunately, the sculptures they have put up this year are relatively large and we have had a complaint.

“It has been investigated and there is a risk to the safety of drivers.”

Do you think the spiders should be removed? Tell us what you think below.

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8:07pm Thu 28 Aug 08

Ronald says...

Pathetic. The HA have better things to do. Does Cophall Roundabout ring any bells?
Pathetic. The HA have better things to do. Does Cophall Roundabout ring any bells? Ronald
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8:27am Fri 29 Aug 08

birthofanorange says...

Ronald wrote:
Pathetic. The HA have better things to do. Does Cophall Roundabout ring any bells?
Yes, there is a group of campinologists who practise every other day and they never cause any problems.
[quote][bold]Ronald[/bold] wrote: Pathetic. The HA have better things to do. Does Cophall Roundabout ring any bells?[/quote]Yes, there is a group of campinologists who practise every other day and they never cause any problems. birthofanorange
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9:21am Fri 29 Aug 08

Bobster says...

This is so typical of this country. One bored Nimby makes a spurious complaint and suddenly an 'investigation' is required. The Highways Agency should feel embarrassed for even taking the complaint seriously.
This is so typical of this country. One bored Nimby makes a spurious complaint and suddenly an 'investigation' is required. The Highways Agency should feel embarrassed for even taking the complaint seriously. Bobster
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9:26am Fri 29 Aug 08

Billy Z says...

One person complains and the rest of us have to suffer. I drove past the spiders last week and was really impressed, I didnt crash my car or have nightmares that night. Everytime I drive from Worthing to Arundel I am always in awe of the sight of Arundel castle looming in the background, maybe we should have that knocked down also just in case it distracts anyone as they see it for the first time (apologies in advance to the Duke of Norfolk). I think its time the HA got some Balls and told the person who complained to 'get on their Bike'
One person complains and the rest of us have to suffer. I drove past the spiders last week and was really impressed, I didnt crash my car or have nightmares that night. Everytime I drive from Worthing to Arundel I am always in awe of the sight of Arundel castle looming in the background, maybe we should have that knocked down also just in case it distracts anyone as they see it for the first time (apologies in advance to the Duke of Norfolk). I think its time the HA got some Balls and told the person who complained to 'get on their Bike' Billy Z
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9:48am Fri 29 Aug 08

Made In Sussex says...

I think its good to have interesting and unusual things around the roads.

Yet another example of how stupid our authorities have become, of course no one can take responsibility for their own actions any more, a crash has to be the fault of whoever put the spiders there.

And how could anyone be scared?, there are no spiders on this earth that could possibly be that big so unless you are completely stupid you would think hmm they are probably not real..
I think its good to have interesting and unusual things around the roads. Yet another example of how stupid our authorities have become, of course no one can take responsibility for their own actions any more, a crash has to be the fault of whoever put the spiders there. And how could anyone be scared?, there are no spiders on this earth that could possibly be that big so unless you are completely stupid you would think hmm they are probably not real.. Made In Sussex
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10:17am Fri 29 Aug 08

son of meg mortimer says...

Put the same time scale on removing the spiders as they have on building the by-pass for Arundel, With any luck they wont be removed for 50 years!

Seriously folks, Those spiders were a wonderful work of art, in europe they would have survived no problem, but because Joan and Percy in their Austin Maestro cant concentrate on more than one thing at a time - they have to go. Pathetic
Put the same time scale on removing the spiders as they have on building the by-pass for Arundel, With any luck they wont be removed for 50 years! Seriously folks, Those spiders were a wonderful work of art, in europe they would have survived no problem, but because Joan and Percy in their Austin Maestro cant concentrate on more than one thing at a time - they have to go. Pathetic son of meg mortimer
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11:07am Fri 29 Aug 08

Lil says...

Has anyone complaining they should be kept here written to the HA to say keep them? I've just sent an e-mail expressing what most of the sentiment here has been.

It might be futile but it's better to do that than always vent on a forum they probably take no notice of. Let the voice of reason reach where it needs to be heard.
Has anyone complaining they should be kept here written to the HA to say keep them? I've just sent an e-mail expressing what most of the sentiment here has been. It might be futile but it's better to do that than always vent on a forum they probably take no notice of. Let the voice of reason reach where it needs to be heard. Lil
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1:22pm Fri 29 Aug 08

puddingandpi says...

Actually, it would freak me out.
I know you might think that's pathetic, but that's the thing about irrational phobias, they are irrational.
Actually, it would freak me out. I know you might think that's pathetic, but that's the thing about irrational phobias, they are irrational. puddingandpi
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11:59am Tue 2 Sep 08

lucyamb says...

I understand about irrational fears, I have several of my own, but these clearly aren't standard spiders, but a mutation!These spider based scuptures are beautifully made, and a positive asset to any roundabout. The removal, due to just one complaint, is unjustifiable.
I understand about irrational fears, I have several of my own, but these clearly aren't standard spiders, but a mutation!These spider based scuptures are beautifully made, and a positive asset to any roundabout. The removal, due to just one complaint, is unjustifiable. lucyamb
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