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issue 45 - August/September 2018
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2018
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A City's Heritage Celebrated, a Path Forward Illuminated

Five playfully oversized lamps, reflecting various eras and centuries of innovation in Manchester, England, have been built in Piccadilly Place as part of plans to revamp the famed piazza. Ranging from 3.4m to 6m tall, the lamps were designed by art and design studio Acrylicize.

Inspired by the famous Sir Robert Peel quote, 'What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow', Acrylicize's public art sculpture honors Manchester's illustrious past whilst optimistically looking towards the future. Each of the five installations marks a significant local historical innovation, it's time period echoed by the lamps distinctive design. A visual narrative of motifs and graphics are cleverly woven into the shades of each lamp to represent different stories of different eras.

The 1903 Art Nouveau Tiffany Lamp pays homage to Manchester's history of education including the city's Chetham Library. Advances in physics are celebrated by the 1932 Art Deco Style Lamp which takes inspiration from both the beautiful Art Deco buildings in the city, and the splitting of the first atom which was achieved by research conducted at Manchester University.

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