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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 29th September, 2014)


Modern sculpture, Marus Bridge.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 3,886

Comment by: alan on 29th September 2014 at 00:06

Don't like the sculpture, but the bike's not bad

Comment by: Ken R on 29th September 2014 at 00:12

Mick, a couple of spot welds and your bike could be part of the scenery, it would blend in very well.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th September 2014 at 06:36

Read about this sculpture on :-
Have you got a milometer on your bike, Mick? Wonder how many miles you`ve travelled on it.

Comment by: alan lad on 29th September 2014 at 08:25

that bike is here there and everywhere.

Comment by: kath on 29th September 2014 at 09:04

love it!

Comment by: A.W. on 29th September 2014 at 09:17

I am not a big fan of modern sculpture but I surmise this is meant to represent movement.

Comment by: Roy on 29th September 2014 at 10:16

I know where Mick got his bike from. He was walking down the road and this young woman on the bike stopped beside him, threw the bike to the ground together with all her clothes and said 'Take what you want', Mick weighed everything up and thought, I dont think the clothes will fit me. Sorry about that Mick, good photo, as Ken said, your bike could easily become part of the sculpture. I am of the same opinion as alan, i'm not keen on it, every time i see it i think, what a waste of money. I haven't a clue who's paid for it though, council or sponsored, anyone know?

Comment by: Pauline on 29th September 2014 at 12:55

Could be Halford's who sponsored it.

Comment by: derf 55 on 29th September 2014 at 13:29

Lot of money for a bike rack lol.

Comment by: christine bishop on 29th September 2014 at 16:55

i dont like the sculpture

Comment by: Derek Platt on 29th September 2014 at 17:02

I don't like it either, looks like
s(crap). In fact a pile of scrap would look just as nice.

Comment by: Mick on 29th September 2014 at 18:46

I think the Sculpture looks great and it is welcoming people to Wigan as they come off the M6.

But if they would have asked me to design a Sculpture for the same spot I would have had a set of rugby posts and a 3 or 4 players underneath them, one taking a kick, one scoring a try and two in a tackle.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th September 2014 at 19:33

What on earth has this monstrosity got to do with Wigan? It is only beaten in being inappropriate and ugly by that Horrible Head in Millgate. For once, Mick, I agree with you....Rugby, Mines or Mills to show our heritage.

Comment by: b.d. on 29th September 2014 at 20:03

sorry mick i think your bike and the
signs spoil it.

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 29th September 2014 at 20:47

Sculpture, what on earth has this got to do with a sculpture, it's fabricated steel welded together.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 29th September 2014 at 21:53

Colin, do you mean, as opposed to a lump of stone bashed about a bit, or a lump of clay someone's been doodling with?
I think these sculptures are great (some better than others), and wish we weren't as inclined to vandalism as we are, or we'd see far more of them around - as in France.

Comment by: Ellen on 29th September 2014 at 21:54

I don't know why, but I rather like this sculpture....However I think it's improved by Mick's addition! Well aligned Mick.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 29th September 2014 at 22:49

Roy;If you`d read my 06:36 comment part of your question is answered.
The statue stands a mighty 10 metres tall and rests upon a four metre high mound in the centre of one of Wigan’s busiest roundabouts.
Standing at the intersection of junction 25 of the M6 and Warrington Road heading into Wigan, the Spirit of Wigan acts as a giant
gateway welcoming visitors.
Pioneered by the council’s Planning and Regeneration Department, the project received£ 80,000 from the North West Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund as well as
significant sponsorship from Wigan-based betting giant totesport.
It was created by acclaimed sculptor Clare Bigger to represent a proud past and a bright future.
Clare says: "This sculpture represents the building and growth of Wigan as an important centre for industry and culture.
"The archway is a bold and welcoming
statement to visitors to the town. The two figures at the base of the sculpture represent the men and women who worked within the
cotton and coal industries. Above them rises the future – vibrant, exciting and dynamic."

Comment by: Roy on 29th September 2014 at 23:51

Sorry Ernest, thank you for that.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 30th September 2014 at 10:21

Nice one Mick....I think everyone has missed the humour in this one except me and Roy!

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 30th September 2014 at 18:51

Rev, I mean just that, it's more Art than Sculpture.

Comment by: truwigana on 11th November 2014 at 12:04

like the sculpture, but that rusty pedestrian killing pile of scrap metal spoils it, in fact bikes should be banned from everywhere except velodrome's.

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