Introducing bits of domesticity into the public landscape, london-based studio acrylicize has created a series of five oversized, playful lamps that double as street furniture and lighting. ‘the manchester lamps’ celebrate the city’s rich history of innovation, with each of the five installations reflecting a distinctive manchester period and style, from art deco and art nouveau, to victorian, mid century, and contemporary.
the public art installation by acrylicize aims to provide a unique meeting point for the people of manchester, and a fun way for them to learn more about its history. various stories are ‘woven’ into the shades of the five lamps, including earnest rutherford’s splitting of the first atom at manchester university in 1932, which is illustrated on the art deco lamp, and the famous enigma code by alan turing, displayed on the glowing green canopy of the banker’s desk lamp. a series of graphics and signs depicting an abstract map of the city draw passersby into the square, who are met by an oversize version of the angelpoise lamp.