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B of the Bang

 

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  • *The sculpture was cut up by a wleding team and put in storage in 2009 due to the spikes that form it falling off on several occasions since completion, making it unsafe.
  • * The stunning B of the Bang was the tallest sculpture in the UK.
  • * It is situated close to the City of Manchester stadium, where the 2002 Commonwealth Games were hosted.
  • * Designed to resemble a spark, it was inspired by Linford Christie's comment that he aimed to leave the blocks at the 'B of the Bang'.
  • * There were 180 spikes protruding from the core of the sculpture, only 5 of these are connected to the ground.
  • * B of the Bang was officially unveiled on the 12th January 2005, a year behind schedule. A few days prior the the unveiling a 7ft section fell off the structure, it was not re-attached.
  • * Public opinion on the structure appears divided, some love it while many label it a 'waste of money'.

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Architect
Thomas Heatherwick

Reference Data

Reference No.
677
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
19-09-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Alan Turing Way, Manchester. M11
Council
Manchester City Council
County
Greater Manchester
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Completion date
2005
Demolition Date
2009
Style
Futurist

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
55.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Monuments


Construction Cost
£1,400,000.00
Budget Date
2005

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