Steel broom on two rough stone blocks.
painted steel, stone
Status: not listed
Owned by: Manchester City Council
Description: over-size steel brush standing upright, mounted on two rectangular blocks of stone, the first block with a hole through it. A shovel is leaning against the brush.
" A New Broom" was commissioned as part of the public arts programme associated with the regeneration of Manchester's Northern Quarter. Workshops were organised for artists by the Northern Quarter Association at which ideas for public art in the district were developed and discussed. The sculptor, George Wylie - who already had one public sculpture - "Life Cycle" - in Manchester, was invited to visit the district, and he proposed a sculpture to be sited in a small open space at the rear of the multi-storeyed car park on Hilton Street. His idea was for a larger than life street sweeper's brush and shovel in painted steel, a work that was eyecatching, humorous and symbolic. The sculpture was commissioned. At the unveiling ceremony in June 1999 "A New Broom" was presented to the city's Operational Services Department. There followed a 'sweep-in', guests being provided with brooms by the department. In addition to being an instantly recognisable symbol of the district's regeneration, Liam Curtin, the Norther Quarter's public arts officer explained the new sculpture as celebrating 'the ordinary working people, who give the area its character and vitality, and whose contribution is rarely acknowledged.
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