Will Venus stay or will she go?

The Venus and Cupid statue wearing a T shirt with the slogan "I'm Heartbroken for Morecambe" after the town council voted not to pay for its survival. Now new developments could see the sculpture saved.

The Venus and Cupid statue wearing a T shirt with the slogan "I'm Heartbroken for Morecambe" after the town council voted not to pay for its survival. Now new developments could see the sculpture saved.

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CAMPAIGNERS have come up with a plan to save the Venus and Cupid statue – although its creator has still not ruled out bulldozing the sculpture on Valentine’s Day.

Lovers of the statue – which shows a mother swinging her baby – want to set up a charitable arts trust to protect the structure from demolition.

The controversial piece of art on Marine Road East is currently occupying land without council consent.

Sculptor Shane Johnstone had asked both Lancaster City Council and More-cambe Town Council to buy the sculpture to secure its long-term future after its licence fee expired in 2010. Both refused however.

Mr Johnstone threatened to pull down Venus and Cupid in what he calls “a romantic gesture of protest” on February 14.

Now new developments could see the sculptor change his mind.

“If we could take the issue away from the local authorities, and put the statue in the hands of an independent trust, we could protect it and fundraise,” said Sian Johnson, the chairman of The Dukes theatre and the spearhead of the campaign.

“We have lawyers currently looking into it.”

See The Visitor (07-02-12) for full story.