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Feminist group ‘deeply disturbed’ after sculpture in Sheffield park destroyed by arsonist


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A feminist organisation has said they are “deeply disturbed” after someone burnt down a sculpture promoting women’s safety they had installed in a Sheffield park.

The hexagonal installation, which stood around six feet tall in The Ponderosa park, has been totally destroyed in the fire.

It was handmade and included poems by members of the Our Bodies Our Streets feminist organisation in Sheffield.

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The poems aimed to start a public conversation around women’s experiences that would involve the entire community.

The installation stood around six feet tall

Our Bodies Our Street posted a statement on Instagram after the sculpture was burnt down.

It read: “Beyond the disappointment, we are deeply disturbed by this.

“For us, the violent abuse of a beautiful sculpture, which was not invasive and sat far from the path, purely existing and taking up space, is highly reminiscent of our experiences of public sexual harassment.”

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The statement, which revealed the suspects and their motivations are as yet unknown, added: “Not only was our sculpture completely decimated, but the fire could have spread to grass and trees, and could have seriously harmed our park and community.”

A sign has been placed on top of the burnt embers that reads: “This won’t stop us.”

Our Bodies Our Streets are appealing for information about who started the fire and can be contacted through their Instagram page.

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