2009

SJ8798 : Bang in the Centre

taken 15 years ago, near to Droylsden, Tameside, England

Bang in the Centre
Bang in the Centre
A close-up view of the centre of the B of the Bang.
B of the Bang

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

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.

The sculpture was blighted by safety concerns and a legal row. One of its 180 steel spikes was dislodged within two weeks of its erection and 22 were subsequently removed.

In February 2009 LinkExternal link it was announced that it was to be taken down and after a few months it had completely disappeared.


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SJ8798, 225 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Gerald England   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 20 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 20 February, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 870 983 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9241N 2:11.7875W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 870 984
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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