A piece of public art in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral has been fenced off as it has become a danger in the sunshine.

The metal surface Luminous Motion - a reactive light sculpture installed in 2002 - has been heating up in the warm weather, leaving civic chiefs fearing for public safety.

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Winchester City Council fenced the artwork off last year to stop people getting burnt, and it has taken similar measure as the mercury has risen over the past few weeks.

A spokesperson said: "For the safety of our residents and visitors, we have taken precautionary measures to cordon off the sculpture during extremely hot weather conditions as the surface can get hot to touch.”

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It is unclear whether anyone has actually been hurt by the sculpture during its 20 year residency in the city.

The work of artist Peter Freeman, Luminous Motion was erected as part of the Winchester Light Art Project.

The six metre column of mirrored stainless steel is pierced by 500 fibre-optic light points which can be triggered by members of the public sending a text message.

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