Picture through Manchester International Festival

Argentine artist Marta Minujín’s 138-foot Big Ben sculpture has appeared in Manchester in time for the city’s annual international arts festival.

Big Ben lying down with political books accompanied by a short video shown in a copy chamber, of a London landmark exploding from the Westminster area and going north of the country.

Manchester International Festival, which begins July 1-18 this year, was launched in 2007 as a means of presenting new works by artists whose practices are located in the creative area. Located in the artistic heart of Greater Manchester in the North West of England, the festival covers theaters, galleries and outdoor spaces, including the Piccadilly Gardens in the city center, where a copy of Big Ben is currently located.

Due to travel restrictions Minujín was not in Manchester to direct the installation of the sculpture, leading it primarily through Zoom. He expressed hope that the work could “inspire new discussions about what we value,“An opinion reiterated by festival director John McGrath that deals with the work‘ in some way in response to the North-South struggles between Manchester and London over the past year ’.

Installation, 20,000 books that have influenced British politics will be disbanded on the last three days of the festival (July 16-18) Book Redistribution Ceremony, where visitors can take one of their books with them for free.

“People need this! We need new ideas and new places where people meet, ”the artist describes. “Global symbols like Big Ben stand straight and never change – but the world always changes.”

[via BBC, image via Manchester International Festival]

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