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Willow man gets 20,000 haircut
Willow man
Willow man is also known as the Angel of the South
A famous Somerset work of art is to receive an expensive haircut.

The 40ft tall Willow man statue, situated just off the M5 near Bridgwater, is getting a cut costing 20,000, which is due to take 10 days.

The statue is made from willow, which breaks easily as it is dry and brittle, and is woven into a steel frame.

Artist Serena de la Hey said she was shocked to see the wear and tear and thinks birds have been using the statue for nesting material.

The statue, which was originally only a temporary piece, proved to be very popular with locals and became a permanent fixture.

The latest repair work has been jointly funded by a local businessman and a local council.

Willow man has been repaired before, after it was set on fire in 2001.

The statue was made in 2000 and the 15,000 cost to erect it was met by South West Arts, the local authority and Sainsbury's supermarket.




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