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LCSD urges HKPAWTO to provide safety certification for sculptures

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) confirmed today (December 13) that with the road closure near Victoria Park this morning, the Hong Kong People's Alliance on World Trade Organization (HKPAWTO) and the Danish artist had erected two sculptures at Victoria Park overnight.

A department spokesman said that with the necessary certification of structural stability still pending, LCSD staff had cordoned off a large part of soccer pitch No 5 where the sculptures were located. Notices were put up to warn people against getting too close to the sculptures. LCSD staff were on duty at the cordoned off area overnight.

The spokesman said that as part of the department's established policy to protect public safety, hirers of its venues for non-designated uses were required to take out third party liability insurance and provide certification of structural safety to cover erection of temporary structures.

"The Danish artist had already submitted a valid insurance policy yesterday. The HKPAWTO also pledged to arrange for a structural engineer to certify the safety of the sculptures this morning. We urge the event organiser to provide the necessary certification document as soon as possible so that the issue of public safety can be addressed," the spokesman said.

Ends/Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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