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Strange Statues & Sculptures

The UK’s knife crime hotspots are London, Manchester, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/dvc687/index.html

The statue has so far appeared in:

Corby, Aberystwyth, Birkenhead, Redcar, Newport, Slough, Gloucester cathedral, Guildford cathedral and Crewe:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_Angel

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maximus otter
Gloucester/Guilford Cathedral? Brilliant. Those lot who go to those places do need to stop carrying knives. This'll learn 'em. Oiks!
 
Have we had this? Serpent d'Ocean in Nantes, France. 30 or so meters.
 

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Plans to illuminate Yoxman at night

Not popular with everyone.

Wilderness Reserve Limited has lodged plans to install three stainless steel lightning boxes at the foot of the statue.

When not in operation, the lighting would be within the boxes under the surface of the ground, only rising at certain times to illuminate the statue. No objections to the proposals were made by

Suffolk County Council's Archaeological Services, but Yoxford Parish Council has raised a number of concerns over the plans.
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I was in Basingstoke a couple of days back and, on passing the Willis museum, saw there was an exhibition on called Mythomania, so I couldn't resist having a look around.
It features strikingly colourful giant statues constructed from materials such as stainless steel, vinyl, corrugated cardboard, Perspex and leather by Leeds-based Canadian artist Ian Kirkpatrick.
Here's a couple of pics I took of "Empire" (I think?) and "The Fisher King":

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Further to my last visit to Basingstoke's Willis museum, today's trip didn't disappoint.
It featured a display of "Gizmobots" by artist Mark Haig, who creates statuesque, 1950s style robots from bits of junk:

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Here's a set of Beatles statues, same as the ones in Liverpool so a little larger than life-sized.

They are made of some kind of painted-up plastic, cast from the same moulds as the Liverpool ones.
Someone sneaked into a basement at their work to snap them for me.
 

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The UK’s knife crime hotspots are London, Manchester, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/dvc687/index.html

The statue has so far appeared in:

Corby, Aberystwyth, Birkenhead, Redcar, Newport, Slough, Gloucester cathedral, Guildford cathedral and Crewe:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_Angel

:thought:

maximus otter

I hope it's not brought to Limerick; the locals would melt it down to make knives.

A statue created from confiscated knives and blades is continuing its tour of communities.

The Knife Angel statue will be in Taunton in April to help provoke positive conversations around knife crime. The 27ft-tall statue was created from 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by police forces in the UK. The sculpture will be placed outside the Market House in the town's main shopping area.

The sculpture was designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC) as a national monument against violence and aggression.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-67472715
 
I hope it's not brought to Limerick; the locals would melt it down to make knives.

A statue created from confiscated knives and blades is continuing its tour of communities.

The Knife Angel statue will be in Taunton in April to help provoke positive conversations around knife crime. The 27ft-tall statue was created from 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by police forces in the UK. The sculpture will be placed outside the Market House in the town's main shopping area.

The sculpture was designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre (BIC) as a national monument against violence and aggression.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-67472715

I saw and photographed that back in May in my home town.
My comments on it are in this post - #269

I heard that all the blades used in its construction were either collected from police station Weapon Amnesty bins or confiscated in stop-and-search operations, or were actual crime-scene exhibits involved in stabbings and murders.

Dunno who told me that, but it came to mind when I saw the actual sculpture.
Many of the blades are sets of chefs' knives with matching handles rather than random kitchenware.
Until then I'd still had that belief about at the back of my mind about where they came from.
As if a weapon used in a fatal stabbing would be handed over for an art project. Durr. :rolleyes:

Here's the official website:
National Youth Anti-Violence Educational Programme

Representing the nation’s intolerance and rejection of violence, communities have embraced the Angel and all it stands for, with a multitude of towns and cities stepping up to join the list of hosting locations and arranging education workshops, conferences and activities.
 
This statue of a selkie is located in the Faroe Islands. If you look down, you will see that she is stepping out of the seal skin.

it in situ or a proposal or...? quite quite lovely.
 
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Emperor Barbarossa, photographed by the late Sir Simon Marsden
 
Dunno if we've had this: the Vimto statue in Manchester.

Vimto was invented in Manchester by John Noel Nicholas around 1908 as a health tonic drink.
The Temperance movement was in full swing and adult soft drinks were in demand.

The statue was created by Kerry Morriston in 1992.
 

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