Friday, 30 January 2009

Big Brick Man?

You may or may not have heard, over on Manchester Confidential about the idea and campaign to bring Antony Gormley's "Brick Man" to the banks of The River Irwell. It was originally intended for the small wool town of Leeds apparently it was going to cost the Yorkshire folk money and well anyway it was "airy fairy" so it was never built. Fast forward twenty years, should it come to Manchester? well Salford actually, Should we not want Leeds cast offs? Is it just another wheeled out Gormley? Is he the Starbucks of sculpters? all questions being debated over on MC.
I personally think this or something else equally magnificent would be great for the place, an antidote to all the corporate glass and steel of the last decade. It doesn't have to be by Gormley, I thought Mark Wallinger's Big White Horse was a fantastic idea. People are banging on about us not copying other places and not wanting Leeds cast offs. I bet they are busy typing complaints on a PC in a soulless apartment over looking that fucking big wheel. Come on lets have a bloody great big statue!

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