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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Chess and Art: Ryan Gander's Public Sculpture in Manchester Impresses

Hello chess blog friends, here's a chess and art motif again from Manchester - and a lovely one at that. We picked this up from the BBC News stream: A very interesting piece of art has been unveiled in Manchester!

The public sculpture in Beswick, by artist Ryan Gander, is made up of three giant stainless steel chess pieces with no indication of which side they're on.

The 9ft (3m) work, entitled Dad's Halo Effect, shows "it's not the winning that's important, but the taking part", Manchester City Council said.

It follows an exhibition of the artist's work at Manchester Art Gallery over the summer.

The gallery's director Maria Balshaw said the Beswick work would "provide a source of inspiration for local residents of the area and visitors alike".

While the work represents chess pieces in a checkmate position, it is based on parts of the steering mechanism of a Bedford truck, which Gander was originally told about by his father who worked for General Motors. You can read the full report at the BBC site.

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