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 Thursday, 23 January, 2003, 06:21 GMT
Model of tallest sculpture unveiled
City of Manchester stadium
The sculpture will be built next to the stadium
A model of a sculpture set to become the tallest in Britain is going on show.

The 184-foot steel work of art will be erected next to the City of Manchester stadium if it is given the planning go-ahead.

The floodlit sculpture, entitled B of the Bang, will feature 200 tapered columns shooting from its centre and has been compared to a fireworks explosion.

A model of the sculpture will be unveiled at the city's town hall on Thursday, after a planning meeting in which councillors will discuss the proposals.

An artist's impression of the B of the Bang sculpture in Manchester
The sculpture will feature 180 steel spikes
The plans have been put forward by designer Tom Heatherwick to mark the success of the Games.

The artwork features 180 steel spikes and is aimed at capturing the power of athletics and the crack of the starting pistol.

A spokeswoman for New East Manchester, the regeneration project which commissioned the sculpture, said it was chosen by a team of judges which included local residents.

She added: "We hope this sculpture will become a landmark on the city's skyline just as the City of Manchester stadium has become."

If councillors grant planning permission, the artwork is due to be completed in July.

Manchester City Football Club moves to the stadium - built for the Commonwealth Games - at the start of next season.

B of the Bang, funded by the North West Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund, will stand on the corner of Alan Turing Way and Ashton New Road.


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