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Artist's lake protest.

ART is being used to draw attention to the state of a lake at a Middlesbrough beauty spot.

Julia Cutter has used her artistic talents to site a willow sculpture in the lake at Fairy Dell.

She wants to highlight the state of the silted up lake. Middlesbrough Council says it is looking to find the cash to enable work to remove the silt.

Mrs Cutter of Coulby Newham is a member of Friends of Fairy Dell. She says her "bleeding heart" sculpture - entitled Dicentra - reflects the fact her "heart aches when I see the silted up lake choked with debris and broken branches".

She said: "The lake is dying. It is badly in need of some TLC. The lake is essential to the wildlife and plant life that exist there."

She said the sculpture was her way of making a statement and getting people to wonder about the state of the lake. "If it gets people curious that's fine.

"My willow sculpture was inspired by Anish Kapoor's new basket like sculpture - Temenos - that is to be placed in Middlehaven. Though a minute fraction of the size, this willow heart portrays my feelings of sadness and anger," said Mrs Cutter.

She said she thought funding had been secured to de-silt the lake but it seemed it was no longer available. She said she hopes the funding will one day be secured to restore the lake to its former beauty and bring the area back to life.

A Middlesbrough Council spokesman said: "It had been hoped to secure funding from Access to Nature for the de-silting works on Gunnergate Lake through a partnership bid led by Groundwork South Tees.

"However the bid was not taken forward in the light of advice from Natural England that it would not meet the required funding criteria."

The spokesman said Fairy Dell and Gunnergate Lake would continue to be a priority for the council and its partners.

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ANGER: Julia Cutler, left, is upset at the condition of the lake at Fairy Dell and has made a sculpture, below, to express her feelings Pictures by PETER BENN
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 9, 2008
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