SJ8495 : Bending Figure in Whitworth Park

taken 6 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, England

Bending Figure in Whitworth Park
Bending Figure in Whitworth Park
‘Bending Figure’, one of Raqs Media Collective’s ‘Coronation Park’ sculptures, was installed in the park in 2017 as part of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s “Raqs Media Collective: Twilight Language” exhibition which ran between on 30 September 2017 and 25 February 2018. The sculpture includes quotations from George Orwell’s "Shooting an Elephant" LinkExternal link .
Coronation Park sculptures

In 2017 a series of sculptures by the Raqs Media Collective LinkExternal link went on display at the Whitworth Art Gallery, three at the front of the gallery and the fourth in the park at the rear.

Delhi's Coronation Park was built in 1877 to proclaim Queen Victoria as Empress of India. Today it houses the relics of the Imperial statuary that were once installed in the avenues of British India's capital - New Delhi. A suite of four figures - Empty, Truncated, Disfigured and Bending, on or beside plinths, quotes the hubris of Coronation Park drawing from George Orwell's text in "Shooting the Elephant", and speaks of the ephemerality and hollowness of pomp, circumstance and power.

The works were first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015. After the exhibition in Manchester, the fourth piece remained on permanent display in Whitworth Park.

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This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Outside the Whitworth Art Gallery [17] · Bending in Whitworth Park [8] · Shoot the Elephant [4] ·
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 July, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 15 July, 2018
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 847 959 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.6045N 2:13.8417W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 847 959
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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