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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 24th October, 2017)

Face of Wigan

Face of Wigan
Top of Wiend.

Photo: Jane  (iPhone 6s)
Views: 3,084

Comment by: Alan (on Vancouver Island) on 24th October 2017 at 00:23

Still got his rash I see. Hope you didn't catch it Jane by standing too close.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 24th October 2017 at 02:52

it's good photo, but I will never see anything nice or tasteful in this sculpture. it looks more like Billy Boston than yesterdays pic.The council should invite a bomb disposal team to blow it to smitherines.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th October 2017 at 07:49

Really ??

Comment by: Gary Leece on 24th October 2017 at 08:33

Another fine photo.
However the "face" looks like a cast off from Easter Island.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th October 2017 at 09:14

Today again, 'the face that launched a thousand' quips
A lumpen,morose mask all eyes,nose and lips.
Wearily it lays on a plinth to rest
Oblivious to stares and glares that only detest,
It's presence resides on that famous square -
Where, I believe, the space for it was going 'spare'!

Comment by: PeterP on 24th October 2017 at 09:14

Wigan is the happiest place to live (latest survey) yet you look at the face and it looks miserable.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 24th October 2017 at 10:38

Thats just the right verse for The Face Veronica, are you the Wigan Poet Laureate ?! If not, you should be. Quick someone, alert the council to that suggestion !

Comment by: Bod on 24th October 2017 at 10:55

Can't understand the councils logic these days,they dim street lights all over the borough , so the elderly are terrified of going out at night,they now only empty our bins every three weeks which only increases vermin,but we can find the revenue for ugly things like this,do priorities not come into it theses day obviously not,

Comment by: A.W. on 24th October 2017 at 11:22

I look at this and I think of a death mask. Does it perhaps symbolise what is happening to Wigan?

Comment by: Pat on 24th October 2017 at 11:44

Actually I quite like the Face, and I suspect that there are a lot more people of Wigan that do too!

Comment by: Thomas (Tom)Walsh. on 24th October 2017 at 12:00

Veronica , I'm sure your verse must of caused many to smile .

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 24th October 2017 at 12:11

I agree with Pat .... i like this sculpture. Where I live there is nothing like this. It is very bold.

Comment by: Pat McC on 24th October 2017 at 12:16

I agree with Derek, a beautiful photo Jane - apart from the monstrous statue - blue skies and beautiful flowers are lovely.
One could be forgiven For mistaking yesterday's photo of 'Believe Square' for a town in the Eastern Block, Who on earth had that brainwave when there are beautiful old Lancashire names that could have been chosen for the square.

Comment by: Veronica on 24th October 2017 at 13:02

Thank you Helen and Tom ...it's hardly Wordsworth but it's just a little ditty of what I feel about the mask! I'm definitely no Poet!

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th October 2017 at 13:10

Well done, Veronica! I have always called it The Face That Sunk A Thousand Shops and I stick by that. When I think of the Millgate....and the Wigan for that matter...of my childhood, I could weep. My grand-daughter Edie and I sat in Brucciani's café this morning and she looked out of the window into the Galleries and said, "Grandma, why are all these shops closed?". Out of the mouths of babes!

Comment by: Carolann on 24th October 2017 at 13:28

Looks like Benito Mussolini, il Duche'

Comment by: Pw on 24th October 2017 at 14:33

I am glad other people like this beside me.We all cannot like the same things.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 24th October 2017 at 14:34

Fab poem Veronica, I couldn't agree more Irene, Edie has more sense than the town 'planners' !Lovely to bump into you today.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 24th October 2017 at 16:02

Thing is Bod, it wasn't paid for by Wigan council, it was paid for, evidently, by the outfit that built The Grand Arcade, or so I'm led to believe, which means, according to my twisted logic anyway, it will ultimately be paid for by the council indirectly, or more specifically, by the retail therapy junkies that get a rush by shopping in this white elephant......Of which, I'm ecstatically proud to state, I am most definitely not one.

Comment by: Derek Platt on 24th October 2017 at 16:43

Veronica, you are a poet and you don't know it.

Comment by: irene roberts on 24th October 2017 at 17:27

It was lovely to see you too, Elizabeth, as it always is, and I'm glad you met Edie. Hope to see you again soon. xx.

Comment by: Bod on 24th October 2017 at 22:16

Me neither ozy.some people may like the dam thing I don't.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th October 2017 at 09:19

If the 'mask' was a gift from The Gallery 'outfitters' the expression of it just represents intense depression. I can't see anything else it could be symbolic of - least of all a shopping experience!

Comment by: Lynne on 25th October 2017 at 15:57

I love it! Unique, like the town itself!

Comment by: MrG247 on 29th April 2018 at 17:15

Is this the reason we have no summers any more?
A big yed blocking out the sun (along with chem trails)
The council could have said we will take the money instead of this eye sore as the money could be used more wisely elsewhere

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