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The Capstan


On the promenade in New Brighton is this example of public art that seems to have gone a bit wrong, or so it seems to me at least. The capstan has obviously been recovered from the docks somewhere and refurbished. But then it has been dropped on a few concrete blocks in fromt of some dubious and overgrown shrubs.  The local council must have had some reason for placing this there but it does seem a bit of a waste, a decent plinth and a reasonable location is surely not too much to ask. There are currently plans to improve the promenade so maybe it will fare better in the future.

The Capstan


On the promenade in New Brighton is this example of public art that seems to have gone a bit wrong, or so it seems to me at least. The capstan has obviously been recovered from the docks somewhere and refurbished. But then it has been dropped on a few concrete blocks in fromt of some dubious and overgrown shrubs.  The local council must have had some reason for placing this there but it does seem a bit of a waste, a decent plinth and a reasonable location is surely not too much to ask. There are currently plans to improve the promenade so maybe it will fare better in the future.

comments (13)

Yes, the capstan is a great sculptural object in its own right, but it deserves a better treatment than this. They must be awaiting funds. I'd be worried that some scrap dealers with a big lorry and a grab would get there first.
Les Auld: It has been there quite a while Ian so probably no scrap dealers areeally interested.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Jan 2008, 09:58
Excellent composition and conversion. If some illicit scrap dealer you can sell the picture to the council.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, glad you like it.
  • mick
  • GB
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:26
cracking shot les,hope you feel better.
Les Auld: Thanks Mick, appreciate the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:31
Maybe they're temporarily storing there? Seems a bit slipshod right enuff.
Les Auld: Temporary in this case means several years David, but you could be right. Thanks for the comment.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 17 Jan 2008, 13:32
Super processing...love the sky and bushes too.
Les Auld: Thanks Kathryn, looks better in the picture than in real life, the joys of photoshop.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 17 Jan 2008, 14:39
quality processing Les, it does seem strange to just dump it unceremoniously on a few bits of concrete.
Les Auld: Thanks Tim, tried a couple of different approached with this and they seem to have paid off.
Does seem a little incongruous, a bit of an afterthought me thinks.

Cracking photo though, like the toning.
Les Auld: Tried a pseudo Orton effect on it as well although I'm not sure that bit worked as well as it should do. Thanks for the comment Alistair.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 17 Jan 2008, 16:46
Original composition and beautiful sky !!! I love the effect !!!
Les Auld: Thanks Ann, I had to crop a bit close to get rid of some of the rubbish surrounding it.
You're quite right Les... it's a shame that Councils don't employ someone with artistic vision. Maybe you should promote the idea. Interesting capture. richard
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, I will ait to see just what the developers have in mind.
You're quite right Les... it's a shame that Councils don't employ someone with artistic vision. Maybe you should promote the idea. Interesting capture. richard
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jan 2008, 17:44
Maybe it's just a temporary position. I like the image and the unusual processing.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Temporary after a few years! I did try some new ideas out on this and they seem to have worked reasonably well. Thanks for the comment Ingrid.
Very nice composition. I like the process effect
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
  • Ellie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jan 2008, 23:28
Phew! I agree with you, absolutely, what a total waste of this piece of engineering.
Les Auld: When you look closely at the capstan you can see just how simple but effective it is. Thanks for the comment Ellie.

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