National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



Type Sculpture

     Steel broom on two rough stone blocks.
     7 June1999 painted steel, stone Status: not listed Condition: good 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.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Wylie, George Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Broom Steel 592 cm high
Pedestal Stone 592 cm high, base 158 cm high x 144 cm long x 84 cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Don't know
Surface condition
Structural condition
  • Loose elements
  • Surface damage
Road Hilton Street
Precise location Corner of John Street and Hilton Street
A-Z ref p. 159 A2
OS ref SJ844986
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1999
Unveiling details 7 June 1999
Commissioned by Northern Quarter Project/Manchester City Council
Duty of care Manchester City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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