Where the Wild Things Were
Artist
Unusual

Date
2010

Materials


Location
Borough
Salford

Cluster
Ordsall

OS grid ref
SJ 80367 97167

Coordinates
Latitude 53.470867

Longitude -2.2972352

Postcode
Nearest M50 3AZ

Made in 2010 with children from Primrose Hill Primary School, Langworthy Road Primary School and Seedley Primary School.

This sculpture celebrates the impact of the Manchester Ship Canal, a man-made waterway connecting Salford to the sea, and the rest of the world. The Canal was officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1894.

The giant blades of elephant grass suggest places beyond the Canal, where ships sailed to and from. Each steel base is engraved with drawings by local children, who imagined the landscape and wildlife of far-off lands. Their sense of wonder mirrors that of Salfordians who witnessed bananas, citrus fruit, cotton and tea arrive here from distant shores for the first time.



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