‘S’ of the shiteApril 23, 2010
Manchester doesn’t half have some crap public art.
Locals may remember the obelisk/clock at the top of Market Street. It looked like it had been won in an amusement arcade. In a display of the adaptability that made Manchester the workshop of the world, it became a place of repose for everyone moved on from Piccadilly Gardens whilst they got mucked up made over. It didn’t last long.
Pity this lump in the ‘Peace Garden’ [BOTTOM LEFT] has outlasted the council’s commitment to a nuclear free city, but no surprise that unable to commission any modern pieces that don’t fall down, (Blue Moon rising? – brown rust falling!) the council have wheeled out a bit of classical figurative statuary from the collection. However at least one local is still not pleased and has branded it ‘pants’. This Photo’s in Manchester Chimp magazine, but somehow their caption got mangled up along the way. So I give you ‘Adrift’ by John Cassidy from 1907 – a 20th Century statue in a 19th Century stylee for a 21st Century city.