BARNSLEY Council are in negotiations with Yorkshire Sculpture Park to keep the ‘rusty comb’ statue outside the town hall for a further five years, the Chronicle can reveal.

The statue, which is officially called Crossing (Vertical), was first placed outside of the town hall in 2013 to coincide with the opening of the Experience Barnsley Museum.

Work is currently ongoing to ensure the statue remains in the town centre for the foreseeable future.

A council spokesperson told the Chronicle: “Crossing (Vertical) by Nigel Hall is a free loan to Barnsley Council from Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

“We are currently renegotiating the loan to keep the statue in place for a further five years.

“Nigel is an internationally renowned artist whose work is displayed around the world.

“The work was chosen to compliment the style of the area and to bring high quality public art to the town.

“Public art adds interest and vibrancy, improving public spaces.”