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Who Is This Mystery Man?

Hilton Street Mosaic Mind-Bending Tile Phenomena

Published on October 11th 2011.

Who Is This Mystery Man?

READERS are worried, people are walking round the Northern Quarter with creased brows, I-phones pointlessly punched.

Some folk are sick with worry. Who is this man high in the tiles made from tiles watching people out on the tiles?

Sleuth needs to help these people. Of course he has his usual casting couch on which to soothe the brows of the worried folk of city, especially the more attractive ones, but for once the City Detective has nowhere to turn, his knowledge is flaccid, his soldier's pole has fallen (that's a Shakespearian allusion by the way - look it up). 

So who is this man?

Is it simply Mr Hilton?


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35 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Kevin PeelOctober 11th 2011.

I live on Hilton Street and I have been asking this question for 18 months. Please find the answer!

AnonymousOctober 11th 2011.

Now to me, that looks slightly like a Cllr Karney..

TonyOctober 12th 2011.

How bizarre. He looks like some guy from the novel 1984 by George Orwell.

SleuthOctober 12th 2011.

George Orwell said Manchester is the belly and guts of the nation. Not a lot of people know that.

Rob RichardsonOctober 12th 2011.

Phil 'Tuffers' Tufnell.

CluedupOctober 12th 2011.

It's obvious. His name is under the mosaic. His name is Hilton Street. He was a cold war special agent.

tblzebraOctober 12th 2011.

Except he didn't say it, did he Sleuth. ;o)

SleuthOctober 12th 2011.

TBLZEBRA: he wanted to.

AnonymousOctober 12th 2011.

Mark Kennedy would be the man to ask. It's his mosaic and his studio is over the road. http://www.markkennedy.co.uk

SmittyOctober 12th 2011.

Is it definitely one of Mark Kennedy's? Also has the look of the work by (the fantastic) Ed Chapman http://www.edchapman-mosaics.co.uk/

Although I got the shock of my life when I went into the equally fantastic Doops sandwich shop on Peter Street (their steak and caramelised red onion baguettes should receive an honour from the Queen of England) and there was one of Chapman's mosaics... of Maggie Thatcher. Yikes!

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

Fab artwork, I've noticed this and think it's cool! Whichever street you view it from his eyes are looking at you....it's like the male version of the Mona Lisa!

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

WHO IS IT?????

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

Is it a Mark Kennedy piece? I love his work!

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 13th 2011.

Nobody knows. This is weird. The story's been looked at by more than two thousand people and still we have no clue.

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

Wow! Who is it?? Do you know yet?

Wayne WilliamsOctober 13th 2011.

Is it Michael McIntyre, or Reece Shearsmith off of the League of Gentlemen & Psychoville?

AnonymousOctober 13th 2011.

Has anyone looked close enough to see if it's an army uniform he's wearing? It looks a bit kraytwinesk.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2011.

Its a picture of an old war veteran.
Its been there 6 weeks. I know because i fitted it!!!!

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 14th 2011.

Thanks. But who. And why? Any details?

AnonymousOctober 14th 2011.

This is so fascinating, I love a mystery! Is it a manchester soldier?

Jack The HatOctober 14th 2011.

Surely its Richard Leese isnt it? Or more likely a young Reggie Kray? And no, before you say it, im not going to make any juvenile and potentially libelous comments about them being one and the same thing. Cllr Leese is a lovely lovely man.

tblzebraOctober 14th 2011.

What I'd like to know is what Kevin Peel thinks he saw in that space in the 16 months and 2 weeks before it was (allegedly) 'fitted' by Nonymous?

AnonymousOctober 16th 2011.

Did we find any more sleuth? This has haunted me all weekend......Be great to unravel the mystery.

SleuthOctober 17th 2011.

Sleuth asked mosaic man Mark Kennedy. He said: "Don't know. Who is it?"

AnonymousOctober 19th 2011.

I just found out who it is! But now I can't tell anyone :-(

AnonymousOctober 20th 2011.

Love this great addition to the northern quarter. Well done Mr. Kennedy if it is your work!

SleuthOctober 20th 2011.

Anon I refer you to my earlier comment: 'Sleuth asked mosaic man Mark Kennedy. He said: "Don't know. Who is it?"'

Rachael TurnerOctober 21st 2011.

looks like Keith who props up the bar in Sandbar

AnonymousDecember 15th 2011.

Has this been resolved? I really like it, great addition to the Northern quarter! Well done Mark ( If it is you?) and whoever put it up there!

AnonymousJanuary 9th 2012.

Any news sleuth?

SleuthJanuary 10th 2012.

Anon, it's a mystery wrapped up in an enigma. Probably better for that. Nobody knows it seems

Dan O'tooleApril 16th 2012.

This continues to intrigue me?. Any more info on this?

ZbibizApril 17th 2012.

It's Kim Jong Un...new ruler of North Korea....in't it?

MysteryMancJune 7th 2012.

I believe he's an anonymous soldier he was asked to do

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