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Climber sparks sculpture review

Quantum Leap sculpture
Shropshire Council said it may explore new ways to view the sculpture

Security will be reviewed at a controversial sculpture in Shropshire after a man climbed the ribbed arch on the day scaffolding was removed.

Quantum Leap, built in Shrewsbury for Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, has been encased in concrete at each end specifically to prevent climbers.

However, on Thursday a man was seen scaling the 15m (49.2ft) arch, which was unveiled this week.

Shropshire Council said it may explore new ways to view the sculpture.

The scaffolding around Quantum Leap was removed over a number of days and the last supports were taken down on Thursday.

George Candler from the council urged members of the public not to enter the building site.

'Just stood there'

Mr Candler said the council would discuss what had happened with the climber.

He added: "We need to explore all options but clearly the aesthetics of the sculpture need to be combined with health and safety."

Quantum Leap and a climber
Mrs Nugent photographed the climber on the sculpture with her mobile phone

Shrewsbury resident Bobbie Nugent took a photograph of the climber, who has not been identified, on her mobile phone.

She said: "He got right to the top and just stood up there."

Mrs Nugent added he was obviously enjoying himself.

Quantum Leap has divided public opinion in Shropshire over its cost and design.

The original budget for the project was £383,000.

In September, Shropshire Council agreed to pay up to £100,000 more due to unexpected extra costs.

The sculpture was due to be dedicated on 8 October in the presence of Darwin's great, great grandson Randal Keynes.

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