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BOTW/EQ:NQ - public art as it should be

Band on the Wall Lights up the Northern Quarter with Giant Graphic Equaliser

Published on November 30th 2009.


BOTW/EQ:NQ - public art as it should be

When: Tuesday 1 December, 4.30pm – 5.30pm (actual turning on time)

Where: Band on the Wall, Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ

What: Band on the Wall is switching on its new, large exterior public artwork – an extraordinary sound interactive graphic equalizer on the outside of the legendary venue that will light up the night and rush-hour traffic.

The equaliser will ‘play’ the sounds from inside Band on the Wall or the noises from the outside street and display them as a lighting display, flickering and jumping like the display on a 1980s ghetto blaster.

The artwork should be an excellent visual icon for Manchester, emphasing the city as one of the world's significant music centres with the Northern Quarter at its musical core. It should stop passersby and music fans dead in their tracks on Swan Street. Well, hopefully not dead, but impressed at least.

The artwork has been created by Manchester artists Michael Trainor and Lee Donnelly as part of the much-loved venue’s refurbishment after four years closure.

The event on Tuesday will be accompanied by live music to showcase the artwork and will be attended by city dignitaries, individuals from Manchester’s music industry, and businesses in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Confidential is in favour of this type of public art: the type of public art that can be switched off when it loses its relevance (click here an scroll down for the type of crap we get saddled with otherwise). This should provide visual interest on a fringe street that is still half falling down. Here's what we'll do, we'll video the thing when it's turned on and post it up on Wednesday so you can judge whether you like those jiving lights.

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Ali McGowanNovember 30th 2009.

What a cool idea!! Love it.

ONovember 30th 2009.

This is a brilliant idea

The HamburglarNovember 30th 2009.

Looks like it'll be great. Hope it's properly maintained for many years to come. Every building should have one!

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