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Farewell to the 'drumsticks'!

the drumstick sculpture being removed from the walks

Published: Monday, 29th October 2018

A sculpture in The Walks in King's Lynn has been removed as the tree trunks it was made from had started to rot.

The sculpture, Axis Mundi by Nicholas Fenouillat, is known to many as 'the drumsticks'. It consists of five tree trunks sharpened to spikes and placed in a line from east to west, which meant the installation could be viewed differently, depending on the sunlight and time of day. The sculpture resembled ship masts to reflect the town's maritime history, and the tips of the trunks were shaped to form fine drumsticks to pay homage to Roger Taylor, the drummer from the band Queen, who was born and went to school in King's Lynn.

The drumsticks were installed in May 2013 as part of the Interreg IV funded cross-Channel Art, Cities & Landscape project between the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. They were only supposed to be in place for three years, but proved so popular they were left in place longer.

Now, inspections made by the borough council have confirmed that the tree trunks have started to rot at the bottom, and can't safely be left in place. They were removed this morning by borough council staff.

The tree trunks will still be part of The Walks though: their spikes have been removed and they have been laid horizontally, to form seating around the parkour area.

A line of tree trunks lying down on the grass in The Walks

the tree trunks converted to seating by the parkour area in the walks

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