Sad news for lovers of monumental, potentially dangerous public art: Earlier this month it was announced that Thomas Heatherwick's work B of the Bang would be dismantled by the city of Manchester. Named after a phrase coined by British sprinter Linford Christie, pictured here with the sculpture, B of the Bang was originally commissioned to commemorate the 2002 Commonwealth games, but its construction courted notoriety as it ran over budget and behind schedule. Then a piece fell off right before it was due to be unveiled, and public safety has been a concern ever since. Heatherwick actually agreed to pay the Manchester city council almost 2 million pounds in an out-of-court settlement last November, and Jonathan Jones mused on the contradiction inherent therein:
Except when someone dies it's not funny at all, as did happen when Maurice Agis's inflatable installation killed two people in 2006. B of the Bang is a marvelous feat of engineering and never injured anyone, but perhaps it's best that it be remembered in pictures alone.