The rise and fall of “B of the Bang”

Back in 2005, when Google Sightseeing was brand new, we were desperate for Google to add aerial images of Manchester and catch a glimpse of the UK’s tallest sculpture, B of the Bang. It’s now six years since the unveiling, during which time the ambitious monument has been completely dismantled, but the delay inherent in Google Maps updates gives us one final chance to take a tour. Looking like some sort of massive detonation in the sky, B of the Bang was commissioned to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in Manchester. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the sculpture…

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