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Modernist Talk - What do we do with Mitzi Cunliffe Sculpture?

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47-49 Stamford New Road

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We have looked into the sculpture and found out some interesting information about it. Mitzi Solomon Cunliffe was a well known international artist when this work was first commissioned in 1967. It is in fact an important piece of sculpture that Mitzi was investigating a new technique called "sculpture by the yard". Did you know it was made of fibreglass? It is also a shining example of brutalist art. The Manchester-based sculptress famously designed the BAFTA award and her work in Heaton Park is ‘listed'. Yet the Altrincham Sculpture has quietly been removed from the building and stored away in a hidden location.


“It took more than three-quarters of a century before high Victorian architecture began to be rehabilitated through the efforts of John Betjeman, Evelyn Waugh, etc. Their pleas went unheeded. They were reckoned to be perverse and mischievous. Thousands of "monstrosities" were destroyed. The survivors are now widely valued, and lost ones are mourned. We have learned nothing. Half a century after brutalism's heyday, the term "concrete monstrosity" trips readily off the tongues of the unseeing, the torpid, the incurious. Britain is once again being architecturally cleansed in favour of timidity and insipidity.”

Jonathan Meades

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