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British artist accuses Shanghai sundial of being ‘complete copy’ of her iconic London sculpture

A sundial recently installed next to the Huangpu River in Shanghai has been accused of being a “complete copy” of an iconic London sculpture, according to the British artist who created the original.

Wendy Taylor, whose work, Timepiece, has been a London landmark next to Tower Bridge since 1973, was said to be shocked after she was sent a photograph of the sundial in Shanghai, the news website China.com reported.

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“Oh my god no, this is a complete copy,” Taylor was quoted as telling the Independent on Sunday.

“At first I thought someone had done a clever Photoshop and changed the background, but then I looked more closely.

“They only difference is the angle has been changed for the time.

“I know it happens and I have had works copied before – they always say it’s a coincidence but in this case it’s absolutely blatant,” China.com reported Taylor as saying.

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Taylor had contacted the artists’ rights organisation, as well as the British and Chinese governments over the matter, it said.

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Chinese internet users have reacted angrily and criticised the alleged act of plagiarism.

“Some of the copycats in China are indeed shameless,” one comment said.

“Why can’t we have our own innovation?”

So far the Shanghai city government has made no comment so far.

A number of world-famous landmarks have been copied in China, including France’s Eiffel Tower, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, the Sphinx, located near a village on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, and Australia’s Sydney Opera House.