B of the Bang! by dlsmith

Now sadly dismantled, B of the Bang was Britain’s tallest sculpture and was commissioned to mark the success of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Located next to the City of Manchester Stadium, in Beswick, Manchester, the statue was designed by Thomas Heatherwick and unveiled by sprinter Linford Christie in 2005. It takes its name from a quotation of Christie in which he said that he started his races not merely at the ‘bang’ of the starting pistol, but at ‘The B of the Bang’


  • Paul Todd
    Paul Toddalmost 6 years ago

    great shot! shame indeed, that it was dismantled

  • lroof
    lroofalmost 6 years ago

    amazing image!

  • mbotwood
    mbotwoodalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic sculpture – great composition

  • Danimal11
    Danimal11almost 6 years ago

    looks like a desert plant w out the stem. shift my head

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisalmost 6 years ago

    Interesting, at first glance I’m sorry to say I tought it may have been a small cordoline from thumbprint…..ooopsss….bright red and creeping away, lol. Thanks for sharing.

  • rzs7yk
    rzs7ykalmost 6 years ago

    cool photo

  • Matthew Metcalf
    Matthew Metcalfalmost 6 years ago

    I have tried many times to capture a shot of the Bang. Always failed miserably. You seem to have pulled it off here though. It is a shame that some people just didn’t get it, Heatherwick is a seriously talented artist/engineer, it is a shame this couldn’t have stayed……………..

  • Jess Collett
    Jess Collettalmost 6 years ago

    NICE!!! (:

  • catdot
    catdotalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot. Agree with Danimal11, thought it was a plant seed head or something.

  • Danielle Schmidt
    Danielle Schmidtalmost 6 years ago


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