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#743308 - 15th Nov 2012 9:16am Wirral column
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Probably discussed already somewhere, in which case I apologise, but I'm interested in this kilometres high spinning column of steam and light - the work of on Anthony McCall of NYC - that is supposed to rise from the East Float docks.

How is it supposed to be done? I know it's been delayed and the Art Council has said it isn't going to put any more money behind it, but as I understand it it is still supposed to be going ahead.

I wonder if anyone has seen any pictures of the equipment that will be used to produce it, or indeed seen the equipment itself? It's supposed to be in the East Float dock at the moment, but I can't see anything that might be it. Can anyone help with this?

I've seen the artists impressions of what it is supposed to look like and they are quite dramatic, but I can't really believe it's possible, although I would be very happy to be proved wrong.

Any information would be very welcome. Thanks in anticipation.

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#743350 - 15th Nov 2012 1:03pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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Suggest you phone Wirral Council, tourism department. If anyone knows, they should be able to help. 0151 666 3188
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#743492 - 15th Nov 2012 8:58pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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#743496 - 15th Nov 2012 9:05pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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#743921 - 17th Nov 2012 12:49pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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Thanks smiler123. A bit more info there.

It appears that it IS in the dock at th moment. I will look again more carefully.

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#743969 - 17th Nov 2012 4:24pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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I think it's a shame this has had so many problems. I for one hope this does go ahead and become a permanent feature on the landscape.

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#744077 - 18th Nov 2012 11:13am Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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I'm rather doubtful it will work at all, but I'll be very interested to see how far they get. As to a permanent feature of the landscape, I'm unconvinced if it would add much. Lets see it working first though.

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#744158 - 18th Nov 2012 3:18pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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Seems to work OK. They just got the location a little wrong perhaps?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-20385272

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#744226 - 18th Nov 2012 8:04pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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They used my work to construct a miniature version but that was hit and miss and involving gas and electric in such a small space I'd love to know what fail safe devices they will use cause there were none used at the Time !

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#744236 - 18th Nov 2012 9:57pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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Nuff said. Half a mill, bugger I.
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#744524 - 20th Nov 2012 10:25am Re: Wirral column [Re: sean99789]
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They used my work to construct a miniature version but that was hit and miss and involving gas and electric in such a small space I'd love to know what fail safe devices they will use cause there were none used at the Time !


Sounds interesting Sean. Can you tell us any more?

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#744595 - 20th Nov 2012 2:04pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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So now we know, it's been binned. Wonder who got whacks from the .5 million though.
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#744738 - 20th Nov 2012 10:06pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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I don't know that it HAS been binned. I know the Arts Council funding is coming to an end, but they emphasised that they still supported it going ahead.

Where did you get this sad News BandyCoot?

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#744962 - 21st Nov 2012 10:36pm Re: Wirral column [Re: Excoriator]
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I've found it!

Its moored in the east float near the roundabout at the Birkenhead side of Four Bridges, next to the steel suppliers.

Its a sort of octagonal cone with a kind of vent arrangement in a little tower above it. I guess its about two or three metres across and about the same height. Its mounted on a barge with a few bits of equipment on it, and was completely deserted when I saw it.

It seems most unlikely to be able to generate a spinning column at all, let alone one that goes up to the troposphere and is visible 60 miles away.

Pity, but it seems to be about as likely to work as antigravity or perpetual motion.

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