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Tiny 'people' missing from estate

Published 01/09/2010 | 08:58

Ten tiny painted figures have gone missing from an exhibition at Belsay Hall in Northumberland (pictured)
Ten tiny painted figures have gone missing from an exhibition at Belsay Hall in Northumberland (pictured)

A fingertip search is on for 10 tiny people missing from an art exhibition.

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The little people, dubbed Day Trippers and each measuring between 3cm and 4cm, are exhibits at the Extraordinary Measures exhibition in Belsay Hall, Northumberland.

Created by London street artist Slinkachu, the plastic and resin miniatures were placed in the gardens around the Belsay estate.

Eagle-eyed visitors could spot the tiny figures doing everyday holiday activities such as enjoying an ice cream, gazing at a sculpture and resting on a park bench with a packed lunch.

Now all the Day Trippers have gone missing. Visitors may have picked them up and taken them home as souvenirs.

English Heritage is offering an amnesty for the return of the figures and has asked to anyone who can explain what happened to them to get in touch.

Belsay Hall visitor operations manager Lynn Rylance told The Journal newspaper in Newcastle: "Slinkachu's little people proved so popular that the visitors who were lucky enough to spot the original versions took them home with them as a memento.

"English Heritage is now really interested to know where these tiny people now live, perhaps one is sitting in your kitchen or maybe one has even travelled through the UK on a car dashboard, and is holding a no-grudge amnesty to find out where the tiny hand-painted figures have gone to."

Curator Judith King said the some of the figures could have been knocked over, blown away or may even have been eaten by rabbits.

She said: "The important thing is Slinkachu creates them, customises them, puts them in place, then turns his back on them to leave them to fend for themselves. He gives them their own life, as it were. And that's why he doesn't want them back so much as he wants to know where they went to."

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