B Of The Bang, 2002
What shape should a monument make against the sky?
Tapped to design a sculpture to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the studio considered the passion of competitive athletes. The eighteen-story structure —scaled to activate a stadium in a bleak landscape and serve as a gateway— resembles an exploding firework. Hundreds of steel spikes bursting from a single point create a dynamic silhouette. The title refers to runners training to start on the "b" of the pistol’s "bang"— not to wait for the "g." A recent technical problem led the city to dismantle the project.
It is credited
Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
Its dimensions are
H: 5600 cm (183 ft. 8 3/4 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.