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Bye Bye Bang

Posted by
sithenah (Greater Manchester/Cheshire, United Kingdom) on 27 July 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The "B of the Bang", erected in 2004 outside the City of Manchester Stadium, was designed as a tribute to the 2002 Commonwealth Games and was named after British sprinter Linford Christie's famous saying: "I'll be gone by the B of the Bang."
See news item

See my photograph of it under construction.

The 184ft (56m) sculpture, designed to look like a fireworks explosion, was made up of 200 solid steel columns. Welders spent several hours securing five of its 82ft (25m) tapered legs to the ground.

See my photograph taken in July 2006.

In February 2009 it was announced that it was to be taken down after being blighted by safety concerns and a legal row.

See my photographs taken in May 2009

This photograph was taken in October 2009. Now there is only an empty space and memories.

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Panasonic DMC-FZ18 1/1300 second F/8.0 ISO 100 504 mm (35mm equiv.)

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photowannabe from rocklin, United States

How sad to see a commerative sculpture removed. I guess it really is Bye Bye Bang.

27 Jul 2010 6:19pm

Sylvia from Seattle, United States

That is sad! Always amazes me some of the things people find to get upset over, but I guess Bye Bye Bang what it is! Great capture!


27 Jul 2010 6:26pm

Anna Wengerd from United States

How sad, what else can I say... "Bye, Bye Bang!" she said with a tear in her eye.

27 Jul 2010 7:52pm

Tumblewords from United States


27 Jul 2010 10:31pm

Roger Green from Albany, NY, United States

that must have been BAD construction; pathetic...


27 Jul 2010 11:23pm

Denise from United Kingdom

What a waste of public money Gerald - yet we see it so often don't we. A fantastic collection of pictures showing the full story of the rise and fall of such a piece of sculpture.

Thanks so much - as ever a post of interest and social commentary.
Great stuff.

ABC Team

28 Jul 2010 7:51am

Panasonic DMC-FZ18
1/1300 second
ISO 100
504 mm (35mm equiv.)