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Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2006, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Giant maze cancelled after deaths
The Dreamspace sculpture
The sculpture can take up to 100 people
The display of a giant maze-like inflatable sculpture in east London has been cancelled, after two people were killed in a freak accident.

The Dreamspace artwork, which stands 18ft high and is held in place by ropes, came loose and blew 30ft up in the air in County Durham on Sunday.

It had been due to go on show at Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets for a month from 19 August.

Dreamspace had also been to Liverpool as part of a UK tour.

A Tower Hamlets council spokeswoman said: "In light of the tragedy at the Riverside Park in County Durham, Tower Hamlets Council has decided to cancel the planned Dreamspace sculpture exhibition, originally planned for 19 August in Victoria Park.

"Our condolences go out to the family and friends affected by yesterday's incident."

She added that it was too early to say if anything would go in its place.

The sculpture could hold up to 100 people at a time - up to 30 people are thought to have been inside it when it came loose in Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Two women were killed and 13 people hurt as it was lifted into the air and flipped over- landing in the middle of a busy park.

Police are investigating how it came loose and are carrying out forensic tests on the ropes and anchor pins. They have not ruled out foul play.


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