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'Animal' art at Darwin festival


The Shift Time festival takes place in Shrewsbury

A wind-powered "creature" by a renowned sculptor is to make its British debut at a festival in Shropshire.

The Animaris Umerus by Dutch artist and engineer Theo Jansen will help mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth.

The 13-metre long sculpture is among artworks at the Shift Time festival in Shrewsbury which will open on Saturday and mark Darwin's legacy over 10 days.

Darwin was born in Shrewsbury 200 years ago in February and spent his early years in the town.

The Shift Time festival is taking place at several places in the town, including at St Mary's Church where the sculpture will be shown.

Artists taking part in the festival have created sculptures, prepared street theatre performances and interactive exhibitions based on Darwin's theories, organisers said.

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