Friday, 4 May 2012

Skywatch Friday: Ancient & Modern


I abhor the idea of out of town shopping malls as they take the revenue and the heart out of so many town and city centres. Margaret Thatcher and her Tory party foisted them upon the UK from the 1980s onwards, as part of their culture of individual greed and "big business is best" schemes.

But at least the Trafford Centre at Dumplington has some excellent sculptures and statues inside and out, as illustrated here. (I hasten to add that I've only ventured inside about three or four times in the past decade). Also, I have searched in vain to find any information about who the series of statues (built circa 1995-2005?) represent though. I suspect Mammon is one of them...

More Skywatch Friday posts.

14 comments:

  1. Great photo. Nice to see that you managed to shoot on a sunny day. I lived for years in Manchester but my memories of the Trafford Centre are of cloudy skies and driving rain. When it was sunny we always preferred going to the city centre or out in the country side!

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  2. Just been on holiday to St Annes and one of the offered day trips was to the Trafford Centre (we said no thanks - it'd be like going home for the day) - been in it maybe a dozen times - it does indeed have some excellent artwork but the retail-therapy-syndrome is anathema to me too.

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  3. oh la la!This picture is magnificent, I like so much this kind of angle in picture, to see the detail of the beautiful sculpture and the adorable blue sky, very well done!
    Hugs and a nice Friday,
    Léia

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  4. A disgusting cathedral of consumerism. The Neo-Classical style would not look out of place on a building from the Nazi period.

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  5. I see a resemblance here Chrissy. Are sure you you weren't the model for this one?

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  6. Wild guess--Demeter, Greek goddess of agriculture, etc.?

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  7. a nice photo....i agree with you, i can't stand them either....here in the rural u.s. i hate to see farms sold to developers who then build stupid strip malls or subdivisions on that pretty land....greed definitely...

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  8. I am so with you Chrissy. Lovely image. Just bring the sculpture to town!

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  9. I totally agree with you! It's hard to find small business in many areas these days. The big box stores and malls are starting to feel the heat now also, thanks to the internet. GREAT photo!

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  10. What a wonderful picture that is.

    Please have a good weekend ahead.

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  11. Very nice way of presenting a Skywatch. I'm surprised the statues are so recent.

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