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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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Bell and Bin, the men made of Flowerpots, how's that a copyright infringement?

The controversial new sculpture erected at the end of Ryde pier has come under even more fire from an unexpected source, the children's television programme Bill and Ben.

"When we had that charity appeal in 1986 for people to send in spare flower pots," said sculpture artist Tracey Admit, "the local people sent in a lot. We easily replaced all those damaged by Hurricane Billy."

Sadly, there was no message that no more flower pots were required, that they had enough, and people have been sending them in ever since.

"Two years ago," said Admit, "I was approached by Ryde council to find some use for the flower pots. And I did."

The eighty foot statue of a pair of men dancing is made completely of flower pots, but Cosgrove Hall, who made Bill and Ben among other children's TV programmes, have stated that this contravenes their copyright.

"They are men," said Philip Hall, of Cosgrove Hall, "made of flower pots. How's that not a copyright breach?"

Admit, for his part, denies a breach of copyright.

"I had a load of flower pots, and wanted to show that two men can dance together," he said. "Which I've done. It's a beautiful structure, full of motion."

Resident's of Ryde have come down surprisingly, on the side of Cosgrove Hall.

"I hate the bloody thing," said Welton Holsbury, a local resident. "It sways unpredictably in the wind, it nearly took my Horace's head off. Get rid of it."

Several times vandals have tried to burn the structure down, but the bottom half is made of clay flower pots, which don't burn.

"Bloody shame," said Welton. "I've tried myself. No good."

Ryde council are investigating the claims of Cosgrove Hall, and if they uphold them, once more Ryde will have an excess of flower pots, and an upset Tracey Admit.

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