UK artist Phil Collins is bringing a two-tonne, 3.5 metre-high Soviet era sculpture to Manchester. Collins discovered the statue of Friedrich Engels, co-author of the Communist Manifesto, in a remote east Ukrainian village, and decided to transport the monumental work on a flat-bed truck to Manchester. “Now on his journey to Manchester, Engels will pass through and make stops at some favourite old haunts, including Berlin and his birthplace Wuppertal,” a press statement says. The mammoth piece is due to be installed in Tony Wilson Square in July as part of a “performative film event”, the organisers say. The project, entitled Ceremony, was co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF), 14-18 NOW—the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary—and HOME, Manchester. Final fascinating fact: Engels has links to the northern city, having arrived in Manchester in 1842 to work for his father’s company.