Location: Cathedral Gardens & Long Millgate
Designer: Cristina Fodarella, psychology student
Location Notes: Bounded by some of Manchester's oldest buildings and newest, Long Millgate is an ancient road that cuddles Cathedral Gardens. Next door is the old Manchester Grammar School building, Chethams School of Music (past residents and visitors including Dr John Dee and Karl Marx). At the far end is the Cathedral and the old Corn Exchange (now called the Triangle), with Victoria train station at its back. Completing the picture is the modern and distinctive Urbis and the almost complete Chethams extension. In Victorian times, Long Millgate was a Victorian slum. In the 1960s it housed the Manchester Sports Guild, home to the local jazz scene of the time.
Shrine Notes: This shrine literally reflects the water of the fountain. It is a spot that many people use to take a breather, take a moment to decide what they will do in the city or when they will make their way home form the train station. Think about all the history of this one location and the contrasts it highlights. Take a moment to reflect on the mixture of life - that sits old next to new, football next to music, shopping next to faith, all around a counter-culture centre.
Designer Notes: Inspired by Andy Warhol’s art studio ‘The Silver Factory’ that was described as like being in a fascinating silver-lined box. Andy Warhol: “Being born is like being kidnapped and then sold into slavery.”
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