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Protest at Darwin sculpture event

Quantum Leap sculpture
The arch stands almost 50ft high

Protesters with banners turned up at the official unveiling of a sculpture built for the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Some people are upset at the cost of Shrewsbury's Quantum Leap, which had an original budget of £383,000.

But in September Shropshire Council agreed to pay up to £100,000 more.

Darwin's great, great grandson Randal Keynes, who attended the official unveiling, described the sculpture as "absolutely beautiful".

He said: "All over the world people are remembering Darwin with interest and enthusiasm.

"They seem to value his memory and I'm particularly grateful to Shrewsbury because they have really done Darwin proud."

Quantum Leap has been encased in concrete at each end specifically to prevent climbers.

But on 1 October a man was seen scaling the 15m (49.2ft) arch on the day scaffolding was removed.



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