Fences block 'burning and scalding' sculpture amid safety fears

PUBLISHED: 08:31 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:31 02 July 2015

The artwork now has metal fencing around it to stop people burning themselves on its hot surface.

The artwork now has metal fencing around it to stop people burning themselves on its hot surface.

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Fencing has been put up around a Portishead sculpture after reports of a child burning themselves on it.

The Viaggio sculpture near Portishead marina is made of steel and after days of prolonged sunlight can become very hot and even scalding.

Last year the Times reported how toddler Vittorio Mochi was burnt and warning signs were put up.

However a repeat incident is believed to have occurred this summer and now metal fencing has been put up around the artwork, which is just yards away from Portishead Primary School, to prevent further injuries being sustained.

The Viaggio sculpture, pictured above before the fencing was put in place, was designed by artist Louise Plant, and was installed six years ago as part of a public art trail.

It is now under the ownership of developer, Persimmon Homes, but the firm has so far refused to comment on the need for new fencing.

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