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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #21
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re. B of the bang - i think the expression is 'site specific'.
You'd have someones eye out if you put it in town anyway!
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #22
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put in council 'storage' and never seen again
Do they get forgotten or are they nicked? The MSIM has loads of stuff in store Longshanks, why don't you make it a mission... you could get national press for locating this stuff. Seriously, I am really pissed off that art 'goes missing'. You are the man for the job Longshanks, and I'm not taking the piss I really mean it.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #23
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It would look pretty good in piccadilly gardens, giving the whole area a focul point, something which the area lacks the moment! Ive lived in manchester for nearly a year now and i havnt seen the big bang! My dad wanted to see it, but didnt know where it was! If something similar was in piccadilly gardens, then it would make the area a 1000 times better!
I also agree on an art forum meeting up in the NQ, even if it just gave people a chance to put forward their ideas! Theres so much opportunity in manchester for more art and creativity!!!!!!!!!
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #24
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Good ol' Archimedes outside UMIST (RIP) - even birdshit can't spoil his 'Eureka!' moment...



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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #25
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Do they get forgotten or are they nicked? The MSIM has loads of stuff in store Longshanks, why don't you make it a mission... you could get national press for locating this stuff. Seriously, I am really pissed off that art 'goes missing'. You are the man for the job Longshanks, and I'm not taking the piss I really mean it.
Thanks for the vote of confidence but greater men than me have been beaten by council buearocracy.
I could drop names of sculptors who are nationally and internationally renowned who have had works 'removed' by both the Direct Works and landowners.
Perhaps the most bizzare is this one from the Arndale by Frank
Belsky - how the fuck do you 'lose' something like this?
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:31 PM   #26
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Adrift by John Cassidy 1908
An all to common story roly - moved during re development put in council 'storage' and never seen again.
I can think of several examples (some quite important works) just disappearing.
There are those of us who refuse to let this happen again and there are tabs on Adrift and it is promised it will be returned after restoration (where and when i dont know)

bammy - Skyhooks by Brian Fell 1995 - very good.
Thanks Longford, the name was on the tip of my tounge just couldn't get it out. Well I can think of a few places it could go, it wouldn't look out of place in Sackville Park would it? or The Peace Gardens or even Cathederal Gardens I mean(huffs and puffs) HOW HARD CAN IT BE FOR THEM TO PLACE IT SOMEWHERE APPROPRIATE?!! FFS!!
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:37 PM   #27
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Good ol' Archimedes outside UMIST (RIP) - even birdshit can't spoil his 'Eureka!' moment...




he looks like he's taking his revenge on the birds...

This is a great thread, (edited to add: I think I shall swipe it for the Brum thread) I love the chain going into the sky one.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #28
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I'd be hard pushed to choose one favourite but if i had to i would go for the amazing Sentry by Charles Sargeant Jagger just inside the front door of The Brittania Hotel on Portland Street (bet you didnt know it was there did you?)
It was erected by the textile merchants of the city to fallen employees in the First World War.
Without sounding like a big wuss i find it difficult to look at it because it is so powerful and moving. It is incredible IMO.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:45 PM   #29
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Some of the statues inside the town hall are phenomenal, I love all that stuff.

Was very pleased when they moved that fountain back to Albert Sq a few years ago, when its working(cough) it makes such a difference to the general feel of the square. More of it I say..btw I don't like the cotton bud fountain in St Anns. EEEK! Some of the other design I remember seeing for there were way better IMO, this one does nothing, people aren't sure what its meant to be. Big Mistake that one.
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A few more sculptures.













http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?im...lr%3D%26sa%3DN

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Least fav.

Hah!

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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:37 PM   #32
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Ah - poor cotton bud!
I think we should give this one a chance it my grow to be quite good (if they can keep it working!) in a decade or so.
Trouble is is that its too complicated - just keep it simple. I just dont think we have the skills anymore to get these things right and this sort of thing is usually done on the cheap because rate payers kick off if proper money is spent so they break down more often that not.
Better than nothing i suppose (just).
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One of my favs.

Urbis gardens.



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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #34
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One of my favourites aswell (apart from the zillions of emo's or whatever they call themselves this week!) but grass is always difficult to get right and you really have to keep on top of it (not literally!).
Same situation as at St Annes though with keeping the water running. Just looks shoddy when it doesnt work.
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theyre all good, but we need more colour! Everything theres grey, stone or nothing that special!
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:57 PM   #36
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Here's a couple of my favourites.


Peterloo memorial, St Peter's Square. A very moving piece.


Touchstone, outside the Bridgewater Hall. (This photo doesn't really convey just how beautiful, shiny and tactile this sculpture is).
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Old March 29th, 2006, 12:00 AM   #37
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theyre all good, but we need more colour! Everything theres grey, stone or nothing that special!
Nice idea shabba but colour dates and doesnt weather well. Out door sculpture is hard for a reason! I personally agree with you and like the colourful, large mosiacs that were popular in shopping centres during the sixties but are really badly treated nowadays.
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This is also a pretty damn impressive piece of sculpture.

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Just a few of my faves which i'm sure you will all hate.





And the 'forgotten' victim of the maths tower demolition.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 01:30 AM   #40
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Are those ab sailing figures still on that building next to Portland Tower, their quite funky.
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