Saturday 17 December 2011

December 17th, 2011 - Saturday

Location: At the top of the disused staircase in Angel Meadows
Designer: Alan S, Nexus Art Cafe artist-in-residence -

Location Notes: Not very well known, this park is tucked away on the edge of the inner city. It has a mixed history, that notably included hosting one of the ugliest churches in Manchester (St Michael’s) and the largest cemetery in Manchester (at the time), used for those with no family or too poor to afford a ‘proper’ funeral. In the last decade, it has received much love, attention, donations and grants to improve its condition.

Shrine Notes: This is a shrine to all the men, women and children of Manchester. In this fast moving world of ours, do we have the time to take a few moments to think about what we are doing here and why the world is such a crazy place? Should we just give thanks to something for our family and friends or just stand in awe in what we see in the world and beyond?

Designer Notes: Hello, my name is Alan S. I decided to put out the shrine in Angel Meadow because of the meadows’ history. I believe up to forty thousand souls have been laid to rest in the meadow, mainly paupers who could not afford a decent funeral. Many of the people interred in the meadow are Irish, who came to Manchester to work in the cotton mills during the potato famine in Ireland. The reason it is called Angel Meadow is because some people say they have seen angels looking after the persons buried there.

Feel free to write about your thoughts and experiences with this shrine, or how you've seen people using it, as a comment (see below) or tweet @sanctus1mcr.

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