The demise of Thomas Heatherwick’s £2 million B Of The Bang sculpture in Manchester has not been happy for anyone
In 2009 the artwork had to be taken down due to ‘structural issues’ – namely because spikes kept falling off. In an out of court settlement Heatherwick agreed to pay back nearly £1.7 million to the council. Officially, the sculpture was being kept in storage until a ‘private benefactor’ came up with almost £1 million for a ‘rebirth’. Three years later, the core has now been melted down for scrap raising £17,000. Will a similar fate await Heatherwick’s top-secret London 2012 Olympics flame cauldron in September?