A 30 m x 3m long artwork mounted on a concrete wall, forming a mosaic reflecting Manchester’s industrial heritage, has been unveiled on Tariff Street in the Piccadilly basin area of Manchester city centre and open for the public to view. Containing 14,000 individual Lomographs, it is the world’s first permanent LomoWall and the only LomoWall to be built outside this year.
The wall has been created by Lomography, the global organisation dedicated to using experimental and creative snapshot analogue photography. Two Lomography fans, Tom Ambrose a University of Manchester student and Monica Sagar an Arden School of Theatre graduate and native Mancunian, have spent three weeks with the Lomography UK team carefully creating the masterpiece using over 1,000 different images of Manchester submitted by over 500 people.
The project, to celebrate the 2012 Canal Festival, is brought to Manchester’s Piccadilly Basin by the Piccadilly Partnership in association with CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company, in conjunction with Town Centre Securities, owners of Piccadilly Basin and previous owners of the Rochdale canal.
Alexandra King, Piccadilly Partnership Director said: “This is a new landmark on the Northern Quarter landscape, here in the heart of the Piccadilly Basin. The LomoWall adds to the street art scene in this part of the city centre and will become a visitor attraction in its own right. We are very proud to host it and to have the world’s first permanent LomoWall is a real honour. It’s a welcome addition to the urban landscape.”
Up to three hours free parking is available at the nearby Urban Exchange retail development off Great Ancoats Street for anyone wishing to visit the LomoWall.