New art installation on Malvern Hills to give tourism some welly

Controversial new art installation to give tourism some welly

The installation on the Malvern Hills has split opinion.

Lisa Cam, Dominic O'Rourke and three-year-old Gabriel O'Rourke, with Winnie the dog, from Ledbury, enjoying the boot.

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THIS is the long-awaited sculpture that is tipped to put Malvern and Worcestershire on the map.

Creators of the giant wellington boot say it could rival the Angel of the North and will draw visitors to the area.

The colourful sculpture was installed on the top of the Malvern Hills yesterday.

It will be officially unveiled later in the year.

Standing three metres tall, the giant welly is visible for miles around on both sides of the border, especially on a clear day.

Tourism chiefs hope it will inspire more people to visit the hills, climb to the top of British Camp and have their picture taken with the giant welly.

The boot was chosen as a symbol of the region’s rich rural history.

Originally it was going to be green, but creators Floral I Op - a design company based in London - decided to give it a colourful make-over to make it more appealing.

“We wanted to create something that really represented the area, rather than just being a gimmick,” said artist Avril Le Premiere.

“I suppose we could have gone for a walking boot, but the area is so well known for its agricultural and there are so many keen gardeners around here, we opted for a welly boot in the end.”

Walkers on the hill yesterday were treated to the first view of the sculpture.

One rambler, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, said: “To be honest we thought it was someone fly tipping again.

“But as we got closer we realised it was a sculpture.”

Dominic O’Rourke, from Ledbury, said he thought it was a great idea.

“Who wouldn’t want to be pictured alongside a giant wellington boot?” they said. “It’s boot-iful!”

Una Forth, chairman of the Malvern branch of the Friends Of Open Landscapes Society, said: “We’re absolutely delighted.

“We weren’t sure at first, but we’ve dipped our toe into the world of modern art and we’re so glad that we did.

“Seeing the giant welly there, on top of the hills, was really something. It has surpassed our best expectations.

“I’m quite sure the giant wellington boot will give Malvern and the hills a foot up on the tourist trail and will bring in visitors from far and wide.

“In the current economic climate, we must do all we can to attract more visitors and this is a definite step in the right direction.”

But not everyone has been so impressed.

Local councillor, Joe Konyu, has already called for its removal, describing the statue as “a poor silly fad”.

Malvern Gazette: Lisa Cam, Dominic O'Rourke and Gabriel O'Rourke (3) and Winnie the dog from Ledbury (5002182)

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7:59am Tue 1 Apr 14

lovelyjubbly says...

yes April Fool
yes April Fool lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 5

8:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

M@lvernite says...

A giant Wellington boot? Is it April 1st?
A giant Wellington boot? Is it April 1st? M@lvernite
  • Score: 3

8:15am Tue 1 Apr 14

voledog says...

That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.
That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting. voledog
  • Score: 16

8:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

Maggie Would says...

Yes, subtle, isn't it?
Yes, subtle, isn't it? Maggie Would
  • Score: -2

8:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

chris peacockpeacock says...

Avril Le Premier and Joe Konyou!!! Genius!!!!!!
Avril Le Premier and Joe Konyou!!! Genius!!!!!! chris peacockpeacock
  • Score: 1

8:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

BadgerMash says...

An April Fool that would be even more fun if it was real. A temporary art installation like this would bring joy to a great many people, be affordable and cause very little damage to the Hills - unlike the really foolish, uneconomic, damaging concept of cable cars to the Beacon.
An April Fool that would be even more fun if it was real. A temporary art installation like this would bring joy to a great many people, be affordable and cause very little damage to the Hills - unlike the really foolish, uneconomic, damaging concept of cable cars to the Beacon. BadgerMash
  • Score: 2

8:38am Tue 1 Apr 14

Paul Jones says...

Apologies for the spelling error - that was me in a rush this morning!
Apologies for the spelling error - that was me in a rush this morning! Paul Jones
  • Score: -2

8:47am Tue 1 Apr 14

voledog says...

Maggie Would wrote:
voledog wrote:
That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.
Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.
That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.[/p][/quote]Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.[/p][/quote]That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from. voledog
  • Score: 4

8:51am Tue 1 Apr 14

redman14 says...

APRIL FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
APRIL FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! redman14
  • Score: -5

9:46am Tue 1 Apr 14

Maggie Would says...

voledog wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
voledog wrote:
That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.
Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.
That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from.
Oh, and they've corrected it.
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.[/p][/quote]Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.[/p][/quote]That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from.[/p][/quote]Oh, and they've corrected it. Maggie Would
  • Score: -2

10:06am Tue 1 Apr 14

GroovyChick says...

Floral I Op - anagram of April Fool
Floral I Op - anagram of April Fool GroovyChick
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Tue 1 Apr 14

CJH says...

There have been so many dodgy headlines and stories recently that I thought it would be difficult to find the real April fools story. But I just had to submit a vote to see what WN readers thought. So far 48% want to keep it. Maybe not such a joke after all...
There have been so many dodgy headlines and stories recently that I thought it would be difficult to find the real April fools story. But I just had to submit a vote to see what WN readers thought. So far 48% want to keep it. Maybe not such a joke after all... CJH
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Tue 1 Apr 14

pudniw_gib says...

oh dear .. this will give the Conservators ideas....
oh dear .. this will give the Conservators ideas.... pudniw_gib
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Tue 1 Apr 14

CJH says...

voledog wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
voledog wrote:
That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.
Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.
That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from.
Oo - an April fool within an April fool - clever :-)
[quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]voledog[/bold] wrote: That's the best April Fool I've seen in years - a Worcester News headline that makes some sort of sense and a whole article devoid of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. My sides are splitting.[/p][/quote]Voledog, look again at the headline. There's an absolute howler of a spelling mistake.[/p][/quote]That's not in fact a mistake. The word instillation actually means to build a still shaped like a boot. It comes from the age of prohibition in the US when whisky stills were secretly built in the shape boots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It's where the phrase 'boot-leg liquor' originally comes from.[/p][/quote]Oo - an April fool within an April fool - clever :-) CJH
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Tue 1 Apr 14

CJH says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
oh dear .. this will give the Conservators ideas....
Don't worry. The conservators never have ideas.
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: oh dear .. this will give the Conservators ideas....[/p][/quote]Don't worry. The conservators never have ideas. CJH
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Peter WR5 says...

Oh, it's an April Fool joke, is it? I'm so disappointed!
Oh, it's an April Fool joke, is it? I'm so disappointed! Peter WR5
  • Score: 2

9:37am Tue 22 Apr 14

Guy66 says...

The real boot (yes it does exist) is in the foyer at Malvern Theatre if anybody wants to see it....
The real boot (yes it does exist) is in the foyer at Malvern Theatre if anybody wants to see it.... Guy66
  • Score: 0

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