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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Banana sculpture splits opinion
Spectators are asked to "interact" by removing bananas
An artwork made up of 10,000 bananas is apparently not to the taste of those behind a new development on the Old Spitalfields Market site in London.

Doug Fishbone had planned to unveil his heap of bananas in Spital Yard, in the City of London, on Thursday, as a time capsule was being buried.

But the Spitalfields Development Group (SDG) said the sculpture was "completely inappropriate" for the site.

Mr Fishbone is looking for another site and has his eye on Trafalgar Square.

He and curator Tom Morton, who helped plan the project, claimed SDG had requested they come up with a work of art and pulled out at the last minute.

Mr Morton said it was a crushing blow to Mr Fishbone and was brought on by a fear of bad publicity.

It was never booked. It was never going to happen
SDG spokesman
"Obviously we feel disappointed. Mostly I feel disappointed for Doug because it's a really crucial time in his career."

But a SDG spokesman said it had never booked the event for Thursday.

"When we were asked about it we said it's completely inappropriate," he said.

"There was no intention this would ever happen today. It was never booked. It was never going to happen."

SDG is working on a 17-year regeneration of Old Spitalfields Market, to the east of Liverpool Street station.

New York-born Mr Fishbone, a student at Goldsmiths College, will now look for another central London site to display his banana sculpture.

"We'd really like to do it in Trafalgar Square, somewhere that's more central and more interesting to the public. It's a project that will go ahead," said Mr Morton.

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