Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three men and a dog

Looking through some old photographs from 2007 I came across this scene taken on Lord Street, Southport, Lancashire.

A contribution to Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Adrift in Manchester

Adrift by John Cassidy is a bronze sculpture of a family clinging to a raft in a stormy sea. The central figure is a half-naked man, holding a sheet aloft in his raised right hand, calling for help. Arranged around him are the figures of his wife and three children. His wife is shown leaning over and kissing their infant son. To the left, is the daughter, her raised arm held in her father's left hand. At the rear is the prone figure of a youth, the elder son, holding his breast. Parts of the raft are visible in the waves which make up the base.

"Adrift" was Manchester's first modern figurative outdoor sculpture. It was the work of the Irish-born sculptor, John Cassidy, who developed a successful studio in Manchester. The work was modelled at Cassidy's studio in Plymouth Grove, Manchester and completed in 1907. It was displayed at the New Gallery, London and purchased by James Gresham who decided to present it as a gift to the City Council with the intention that it would be displayed in the new municipal art gallery that was to be built on the site of the demolished Royal Infirmary in Piccadilly. The plan to build a new gallery was not realised. However, it was eventually moved to Piccadilly to become the centrepiece of the new sunken gardens. The sculpture, surmounting a low rectangular stone base, remained in the centre of the gardens until around 1953 when the construction of the Coronation fountain led to its removal to the southern side of the gardens.

When Piccadilly Gardens was "redesigned" in 2002, the statue was put into storage. In 2009 it re-appeared in St Peter's Square between Library Walk and the tram stop. Two years later it was put into storage during the refurbishment of St Peter's Square. In 2014 it reappeared and is now on the corner of Mount Street and Peter Street outside the refurbished Manchester Central Library and opposite the Midland Hotel.

More information can be found on the John Cassidy website which has photos of it in Piccadilly Gardens with additional information about its latest move on their news page. Other photos by myself, Thomas Nugent and David Dixon can be found on the Geograph website.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Koffee Pot

I took this photograph of the artwork on the roller-blind at the Koffee Pot in Stevenson Square, 24th July 2013.

I recently learnt via Manchester Confidential that it closed on Friday 19 December 2014 but will be re-opening in new premises on Oldham Street shortly.

Hatters Hostel, owners of the Stevenson Square site where the cafe has stood for decades, are looking to expand and the Koffee Pot is well in the way.

For more information visit the Koffee Pot website.

A contribution to
Monday Murals;
Blue Monday;
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cat in a basket

I'd been getting my groceries at Morrisons in Denton last week and had just put my trolley back when I noticed this cat grooming itself on one of the baskets that parents use to strap their babies into when shopping.

I had my camera to hand so took a quick picture.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters;
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Blackpool Tower in a puddle

The iconic tower reflected in a puddle on the promenade.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Venting Pipes at Manchester Square Pumping Station

Manchester Square pumping station discharges screened foul and surface water sewage from areas of south and central Blackpool into the Irish Sea during periods of storm surge. Normally, this waste water is treated and discharged from Fleetwood.

Blackpool Tower is visible in the background and the Ferris wheel on Central pier can be seen on the left.

For a more natural view see Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

R is for Remembrance at
Denton War Memorial, Manchester

Denton War Memorial stands in Victoria Park, near to the Victoria Street entrance. It commemorates the sacrifice of the 379 men of Denton and Haughton who lost their lives during the Great War. It was unveiled on 23 July 1921. On each of the four sides, there are four steps leading up to the memorial. At the front, the dates 1914 and 1918, surrounded by wreathes, are either side of a panel of names. Above, on the central column, it states:
1914 - 1918

JULY 1921

These wreaths were laid on Remembrance Sunday, 9th November 2014 and these photographs were taken the next day.

A contribution to
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Bowling Green Shadows

Autumn shadows on one of the bowling greens at Victoria Park, Denton, Manchester, UK.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.