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PUBLISHED: 10:39 04 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:55 13 July 2010

Under the new 'umbrella' is Old Reading Room manager Liesl Taylor.

Under the new 'umbrella' is Old Reading Room manager Liesl Taylor.

Children hiding from the wet weather yesterday sheltered beneath a giant umbrella - with an eight-legged friend for company.

The Umbrella sculpture at the Old Reading Room in Kelling is providing shade and shelter - and a large spider - for the café's customers as the newest exhibit on the Salthouse Sculpture Trail.

Salthouse Sculpture Trail map and information

Children hiding from the wet weather yesterday sheltered beneath a giant umbrella - with an eight-legged friend for company.

The Umbrella sculpture at the Old Reading Room in Kelling is providing shade and shelter - and a large spider - for the café's customers as the newest exhibit on the Salthouse Sculpture Trail.

Brian Taylor, who runs the family café and art gallery with his son Kurt, said: “I am very pleased with it. It's curious and interesting. I don't know why I love it. I just do.

“It has already generated a lot of interest. Children are playing under it - it's very safe, they can't rock it over. People shelter under it to drink tea and coffee.”

The piece was commissioned by the North Norfolk Exhibition Project, which oversees the sculpture trail, from blacksmith Nigel Barnett. It was made by craftsmen at Fransham Forge near Swaffham.

Trail chairman Colin Miller said: “It's lovely that the café are happy to have the sculpture there. It's a fun piece, and you can see it from the road and the Coasthopper buses that go past. We hope people will enjoy it.

“It will be staying there for the foreseeable future, but I don't think it's permanent - it's on a long term loan.”

The Salthouse Sculpture Trail was launched in 2008 as a 10-mile circular walk linking Salthouse, Holt and Kelling, with permanent, temporary and biodegradable sculptures at various waypoints.

Salthouse Sculpture Trail map and information


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