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B of the Bang

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Identification

B of the Bang
250322

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Structure in General

sculpture
demolished [destroyed]

Facts

  • The spikes are hollow and are welded to a central core which is supported by five legs; the spikes converge at a central point 22 metres (72 feet) above ground level.
  • The base is concrete with piles which descend to a depth of 20 metres (66 feet).
  • The sculpture can withstand wind speeds in excess of 160 kilometres per hour (100 miles per hour) and can sway to accommodate strong gusts.
  • The 180 spikes (which include the five legs) have the same diameter and vary only in length; the shortest spike is less than 3 metres (10 feet) in length, whilst the longest is 35 metres (115 feet) in length.
  • If laid end to end, the total length of the spikes would stretch to around 3,072 metres (10,105 feet).
  • The sculpture is inclined by thirty degrees from the vertical and comprises 180 tapering spikes which are arranged in elliptical groups radiating out from a central point.
  • The name of the sculpture was inspired by British Olympic Gold Medal-winning sprinting legend Linford Christie who said that he started his race on the B of the Bang.
  • The sculpture is constructed from around 165 tonnes of weathering steel, whilst foundations below ground weigh around 1,000 tonnes.
  • B of the Bang was the result of a competition commissioned to design a sculpture for Manchester City Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
  • Dismantled due to safety concerns arising from metal spikes falling from the sculpture.
  • This was the UK's tallest sculpture until it was superseded in height by Aspire.

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Location

Alan Turing Way
Alan Turing Way
M11
Manchester
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

183.73 ft
183.73 ft
2003
2005
2009

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