Moors sculpture removed from beauty spot after visitors spiked when it was likened to Jeremy Corbyn

Telegraph Reporters
The Seated Man bronze sculpture by artist Sean Henry - JPI Media /SWNS.COM

A Moors sculpture was removed from the beauty spot after visitors spiked when it was likened to Jeremy Corbyn. 

Tourists turned out in droves to visit the 10ft bronze statue dubbed "The Seated Figure" after it was unveiled to the public in June 2017, with walkers prepared to hike half a mile up to Castleton Rigg in the North York Moors National Park see the Corbyn lookalike. 

However the popularity became a labour of love for its sculptor, Sean Henry, after issues with land, litter and parking became apparent. 

Despite having planning permission for the sculpture to remain on the moors until 2023 it will now be relocated the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, following concerns from landowners. 

Mr Henry said: "I'm sad to see Seated Man leave the unique surroundings of the North York Moors, but at the same time excited about the new installation.

"It is important to let the moorland recover."

The North Yorks Moors Authority said that while the artwork would be "missed locally" the relocation would allow the moorland vegetation to recover. 

A spokesperson said: "Its overwhelming popularity was leading to moorland erosion, litter and parking issues, which caused concern for local landowners.

"It is time to relocate it to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where he will be in the company of other internationally renowned sculptures."