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Huangpu River sculpture to go after ‘copycat’ row

A sculpture by Huangpu River is set to be demolished this morning after it came under fire for being an identical copy of a work by a renowned British artist.

The decision was announced last night by the Pudong New Area Planning and Land Resources Administration.

Wendy Taylor had said earlier the statue was “almost an exact copy” of “Timepiece,” her 1973 work that functions as a giant sundial. The sculpture in Shanghai has been in the Dongchang Binjiang greenland for more than 10 years, and there is no sign indicating its designer or when it was created.

The greenland is now managed by Shenjiang Group. The group has covered up the disputed sculpture and will demolish it first thing today, the Pudong administration said.

The Independent on Sunday reported earlier that Taylor was shocked after she was sent a photo of a sculpture. The only difference was how the sculpture was angled, according to the Independent.

The sculptor was informed by an art aficionado who came across the installation on holiday and e-mailed the photo to her, the newspaper reported.

Taylor’s “Timepiece” is sited alongside Tower Bridge in London. “At first I thought someone had done a clever ‘Photoshop’ and changed the background, but then I looked more closely and thought ‘oh my god no, this is a complete copy’” the newspaper quoted Taylor.

“I am very angry at what I consider theft of my intellectual property.,” Taylor told Shanghai Daily yesterday before last night’s decision was announced.


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