Second British artist accuses China of copying work after statue 'identical' to London sculpture spotted in Shanghai

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An iconic London sculpture has been “copied” on a housing development in China, in the latest controversy over alleged plagiarism of British art, The Independent can reveal.

Wendy Taylor CBE was shocked to be sent a photo of a sculpture almost identical to her 1973 work Timepiece, placed amid blocks of flats on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai.

The sculptor was alerted by an art aficionado who came across the installation on holiday and emailed a photo to check whether the work was hers.

A sculpture resembling Wendy Taylor CBE’s sculpture Timepiece alongside the Huangpu River in Shanghai (Gwctoo/Instagram)

“At first I thought someone had done a clever Photoshop and changed the background, but then I looked more closely and thought ‘oh my god no, this is a complete copy’,” Ms Taylor said.

“They only difference is the angle has been changed…

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