A handful of playful, oversized lamps has appeared in Manchester’s Piccadilly Place, with each one marking significant eras of local historical innovation in the city.
Five larger-than-life lamps have popped up in Manchester city centre, with each design inspired by its own city’s identity and innovative past.
Innovation and Education: 1903 Art Nouveau Tiffany Lamp
Advances in Science and Physics: 1932 Art Deco-Style Lamp
Industrious Community: Mid-Century Table Lamp c.1950
Dedication, Perseverance and Discovery: 1901 Banker’s Desk Lamp
Future, Innovation and Creativity: Iconic Anglepoise Lamp
Inspired by the famous Robert Peel quote ‘what Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow’, each lamp tells its own story through a number of graphics woven into the lampshades, including the famous Mancunian worker bee on the 1950s bedside light, and even light positioning.
For example, on the 1901 Banker’s Desk Lamp (above), you’ll find a scrambled code upon its iconic green canopy, inspired by circuit board patterns and the groundbreaking Enigma code. The Iconic Anglepoise Lamp (below) points forward and shines a pattern on the building above it, shining light on future possibilities ahead.
The sculptures, which shine a light on the city’s community spirit and historical and forward-thinking role as a hub for technological and educational innovation, are complemented by new landscaping, striking floor graphics and colourful patterns in its vibrant tunnel entrance.
Speaking about the installation, James Burke, founder of Acrylicize, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be part of this exciting project and hope that the lamps will bring people together and provide a lasting legacy to the city.
‘Manchester has such an amazing heritage in innovation; it’s been a real honour to tell the story of both the city and its people. Our hope is that locals and visitors alike connect with the work with a sense of belonging and pride.’
Like what you see? You can visit The Manchester Lamps at Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN, United Kingdom.