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Engels statue taken on trucking odyssey across Europe

by The Art Newspaper  |  18 May 2017
Engels statue taken on trucking odyssey across Europe
The sculpture of Friedrich Engels that will be installed at Tony Wilson Square in Manchester

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.

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