Sculptor warns Pokemon Go fans he is removing Northampton sculptures that feature in the game

A Northamptonshire artist, who has seven sculptures used as gaming PokeStops, is set to remove his work to be renovated

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:51 am
Wollaston sculptor Mick Henson believes art should be for all

Mick Henson of Wollaston says that since the launch of the Halloween edition of Pokemon GO, it has sparked new interest in both the game and spectators visiting his Northamptonshire artwork.

Artist, Mr Henson said that this year his work has attracted much more interest than previous years due to the location-based gaming craze with seven of his sculptures - including those in Billing Aquadrome - being used for Pokemon stops, which are cartoon digital overlays produced on camera phone displays of gamers.

He said: “With the craze slowing down, I assumed it would be okay to remove them for a new coat of paint ready to install in their new locations for next year. A couple of sculptures have already been removed due to on going works at the parks.

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“I’m overjoyed to see that a worldwide computer game can introduce the general public to the wonderful places and couture of Northamptonshire.”

Mr Henson’s sculptures are exhibited around the county and can be found at Billing Aquadrome, Wicksteed Park and the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough.

He adds: “I’ve always exhibited my work in amusement parks and public places enabling young families to see art in a fun and relaxed environment.

“For children, it’s a good way to be introduced to art. It’s also an easily available resource for school projects.”