This outdoor art gallery runs along Blackpool’s New South Promenade, from Squires Gate to the Sandcastle Waterpark.
In 1999 Blackpool Council approached over 50 artists and invited them to submit designs for Great Promenade Show. Following a public exhibition of the entries, local residents voted for their favourites. 10 designs were installed on the seafront.
Works commissioned include:
The High Tide Organ – A tidal organ designed by Liam Curtin and John Gooding. The instrument is played by the sea at high tide though pipes attached to the sea wall. Curtin also designed the Meccano Bridge at Prestolee Locks in Bolton.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – A huge mirror ball designed by Michael Trainor. Named after Horace McCoy’s novel and the subsequent Sydney Pollack movie.
The Swivelling Wind Shelters – This tall shelter moves with the wind so its occupants are always shielded from the elements. Designed by McChesney Architects and Atelier One.
Desire – An abstract sculpture consisting of steel slabs and spikes. Designed by Chris Knight.