Readers react to Theresa May's beheading at Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2019

Theresa May with her head under the guillotine in anti-Brexit sculpture.

Theresa May with her head under the guillotine in anti-Brexit sculpture.

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Readers have had their say on a controversial new addition to the Weston Sand sculpture Festival which depicts a decapitated Theresa May.

The sculpture of Theresa May with her head under the guillotine.The sculpture of Theresa May with her head under the guillotine.

The satirical sculpture shows a globe with the Prime Minister in the centre, beheaded in front of a guillotine, with a blade marked Brexit.

Outside of Europe sit Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump -rubbing their hands with glee as they watch on.

This year's theme of 'What If?' has allowed artists to create conceptual pieces of art focusing on important and controversial social issues including climate change, women's rights, and of course, Brexit.

Artistic leader and event organiser Nicola Wood said: "Of course we wanted to include Brexit and in fact we built a large block ready for a dramatic piece once the decision had been made - promised immediately before our opening.

"We are still waiting, and the empty block became a sad reminder of the purgatory state we are in, so we decided to change tack."

Many people took to social media to air their views.

Alexander McColgan said: "I like it, she's finally cast in a material as 'strong and stable' as her ethics and leadership."

Jill Featherstone commented: "I thought this was a hoax but it seems not.

"Whatever one's politics, this is inappropriate.

"I am a remainer but don't see any value in a Dutch sand sculptor making anti-Brexit statements of this kind in Weston."

Martin Whatty interjected: "I really can't see too much of a difference from many of the caricature cartoons we see every day in the printed press.

"Strikes me as odd that some people have a problem with this, but not the caricatures which are seen everywhere else in daily 
life.

"Spitting Image regularly focused on characters who could use violence."

Debra Jane Thayer said: "Just plain bad taste - there's enough horror and vile things going on without adding to it.

"Why are we depicting violence? No wonder knife violence is rife when things like this are shown as 'normal'."

Jason Coo commented: "What about kids who see this? It's a bit stupid really."

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