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Lakes sculpture to remain damaged
The wall that went for a walk
The wall was damaged by falling trees
An artist wants one of his own works in the Lake District to lie unrepaired after it was damaged in violent storms which hit Cumbria in 2005.

Andy Goldsworthy has asked the Forestry Commission to allow his sculpture, the "Wall that went for a Walk", to deteriorate naturally.

The Grizedale Forest sculpture was damaged when winds of up to 100mph brought down hundreds of trees.

The Wall, which snakes for 150m, was built in 1990.

It is one of more than 60 pieces in Grizedale Forest's famous sculpture park.

In January 2005 parts of the wall collapsed, leaving Forestry Commission bosses having to decide whether it should be restored.

Jonathan Clarkson, recreation manager at Grizedale Forest, wrote to Mr Goldsworthy last year to ask if he would like the wall to be repaired.

'Decay naturally'

But Mr Goldsworthy said: "A deteriorated wall is a stronger expression of the situation as it is now.

"I can foresee a time - when the wall is completely collapsed, overgrown and possibly only visible as a serpentine mound - that it could become as strong and powerful as it was when it was first made."

Mr Clarkson said: "I think Mr Goldsworthy's idea to let the wall decay naturally is very appropriate.

"A forest is a place that is constantly being changed by natural processes."

The Grizedale sculpture was Mr Goldsworthy's original wall. The artist went on to build what he has described as its partner at the Storm King Art Center in New York.

The "Wall that went for a walk" was a phrase derived from a poem by the Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson.

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