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Protest over roundabout sculpture
The partially-finished armillary sculpture in Stratford-on-Avon
The armillary, pictured during its construction, is on a roundabout
Protesters who want a 100,000 sculpture removed from the middle of a Warwickshire roundabout have held a 12-hour vigil.

The armillary - a 16th Century tool showing the planets orbiting around the sun - is at the junction of Trinity Road and Banbury Road in Stratford.

An artist, Mick Thacker, has said the sculpture, which appeared in April, would be loved by people in time.

He said New York's Statue of Liberty "started with public discord" at first.

Mr Thacker said the armillary was an important symbol of the 16th Century, during which the town's famous son William Shakespeare also lived.

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