Politics and Public Art
what it does with space. ... It is the space a work creates within and
around itself which articulates its strength, its joy, or its suffering."
~ John Berger
Here I am at the "Peace Gardens" in downtown Manchester (U.K.) on my way down to a conference at Oxford. As it turns out, in 1980 Manchester became first "nuclear free" city in the world, the culmination of campaign a by local politicians as part of a broader movement for nuclear disarmament.
The bronze sculpture, commemorating the declaration, was created by Barbara Pearson and is entitled "Messenger of Peace" (1986). The inscription on the stone just behind me to my left (barely legible in this picture) reads: "The World's First Nuclear Free City." And Pearson's messenger creates an inviting, serene , nearly contemplative space in the middle of a busy city.