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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 26th May, 2012)


New stone sculpture spelling Scholes.

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Ken R on 26th May 2012 at 00:09

I thought it was GOOGLE, silly me. Is this near the top of Greenhough St??

Comment by: alan on 26th May 2012 at 00:19

Sorry folks, but that looks dreadful

Comment by: Maggie K on 26th May 2012 at 00:56

Unbelievable bad taste. I feel sorry for the people living there. If it is where I think it is there used to a lot of shops there.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th May 2012 at 02:15

I don`t know what to make of this, Tom? !!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th May 2012 at 05:46

Tom, have just seen Shevywood Films video "Scholes in Stone" refer:-
So am a bit clearer !!

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 26th May 2012 at 06:56

Always been lovers of Classic Rock in Scholes

Comment by: peterp on 26th May 2012 at 07:14

Heard about putting dirt bunds in to stop travellers but this is OTT.Enough comments on General about this monument/monstrosity

Comment by: brian d on 26th May 2012 at 09:16

you must have looked hard for
its good angle.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 26th May 2012 at 09:18

I saw a picture of this the other day and didn't realise that it spelled Scholes.

Very interesting but very unattractive.

Good photo.

Comment by: Freda on 26th May 2012 at 09:21

All I can say is "Thank God I don't live in one of those houses"

Comment by: Janice on 26th May 2012 at 09:31

Hmm Not at all obvious! Thanks for telling us Thomas. Who on earth thought this one up?

Comment by: carol on 26th May 2012 at 09:40

That is ugly!

Comment by: john on 26th May 2012 at 09:46

Yet Another example of how wigan council waste away your council tax money .Need i say more .

Comment by: aitch on 26th May 2012 at 10:14

really ugly, does anyone know what it has cost, that is, to make it and install it, now the disabled know what the money for parking they now have to pay, has been spent on

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 26th May 2012 at 11:01

I must admit to being less than impressed by this structure.I made some enquiries
regarding cost etc,and discovered that it was funded an outside body thus resulting in no cost to the ratepayers.The people involved in the project have the good of Scholes at heart,but I am sorry to say this scheme has backfired .The people who should be held to account are the planners who gave permission for its erection.I wonder if a
similar application was made for Wigan Lane
would it have been granted, I think not!!

Comment by: Mick on 26th May 2012 at 11:09

It is ugly and I dont like it but it as been said that its been designed by the local school kids so that why it looks like that.

Comment by: geeh on 26th May 2012 at 11:51

I dont know if I would choose the word ugly, but its def boring, do they plan to have it lit up at night surrounded by shrubs and stuff? I remember Scholes went really rough in the late 80s is it still the same or has it improved?

Comment by: cullie on 26th May 2012 at 12:23

it were in local rag at a cost of £50.000 plus. waste of money if you ask me

Comment by: David Barker on 26th May 2012 at 13:12

Different I must say ,reminds me of the Flintstones, Yabba Dabba Do....Tom..

Comment by: Mac on 26th May 2012 at 13:23

Councillors are still managing to get their names in the local rag, extolling it's virtues.
Champion for regeneration?

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 26th May 2012 at 14:08

The style of the sculture is very similar to the Olympics 2012 logo and Google search engine web pages and there is nothing wrong in that. The problem here is that an art work requires "focus" and this one hasn't got one. Without the houses, say with a clear sky background, it would be OK and interesting. However with the present background it looks as though the houses are near a quarry, which does not enhance the houses. The houses themselves would look fine without the sculpture. Perhaps a neutral and bright backdrop/fence between the sculpture and the houses would remedy the situation and also provide a degree of privacy to the houses.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh on 26th May 2012 at 14:56

Neil Rigby,a very interesting observation ,may be a backdrop to the stones would make difference to the overall appearance of the structure.The letters would certainly be easier to read against neutral ground.
Someone remarked that we may eventually
learn to love it,as people have learned to love The Angel Of The North,which was similarly criticised on being unveiled. Time will tell,if nothing else it has put Scholes back on the map. Incedentley I was born within 100yds,of the project ,hence my great interest in the scheme.

Comment by: Pauline Speirs on 26th May 2012 at 15:49

That is Terrible!!!!

Comment by: Fred Cunliffe on 26th May 2012 at 15:56


Comment by: Bill Eatock on 26th May 2012 at 16:51

For the first time in my entire life...I'm speechless! (Or should that read, textless? ;-)

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 26th May 2012 at 16:55

Tom, this sort of thing isn't new of course. A few years ago Basildon (Essex) produced a sign to mimic the iconic Hollywood sign, although it used traditional (recognisable) letters. Google "Basildon sign" to how see effective this kind of thing can be when set against a proper background. Whether one likes it or not, is a separate matter.

Comment by: Ellen on 26th May 2012 at 16:58

Words fail me!!!!!

Comment by: Bren on 26th May 2012 at 19:45

Well i keep going past it .. (as i am) but still think this is the worst piece of so called art i have ever seen in my life, even if it has not been paid for out of tax payers money, should the people of Scholes not have been given a chance for an opinion ?? The money could have been put to far better use and whoever thought of this in the first place should be strapped to letters and STONED !!!!

Comment by: Derek Platt on 26th May 2012 at 23:37

An absolute eye sore. Talking about a back drop. This piece of garbage needs to be dropped 6ft under. no one in their right mind can call this art. I'd be embarrassed to live there.

Comment by: Ken R on 27th May 2012 at 00:30

Can anyone answer my question... Is this near to the top of Greenhough St???

Comment by: liz on 27th May 2012 at 11:15

The houses you can see are in Baldwin st.It is at the top of greenhough st.opposite boyswell house.Hope this helps you ken.

Comment by: Ken R on 27th May 2012 at 21:00

Thanks Liz, my thoughts were right on.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 27th May 2012 at 22:53

I'll give it time and wait for it to be finished. I believe some of the youth from the area helped with this if so I think it's a good thing. We complain about the youth in Wigan but when they try to do something, the comments are all negative. To the younger people, this could be a very good piece of art.

Comment by: Ste Wigan on 28th May 2012 at 21:38


Comment by: Ken R on 30th May 2012 at 00:00

About a year or so ago didn't this place have several trees that had been there for many years , and they were cut down without any explanation???

Comment by: Ferg on 31st May 2012 at 18:34

How can people seriously have such sour attitudes and opinions of their home town? It is a few stones on a grassy knoll, and people go completely overboard with their criticisms. It could very well give local people a sense of pride, particularly the younger generations. Some folk should stay indoors with their curtains closed if they can't stand half the sights of Wigan, constantly complaining and bemoaning about every corner of change that occurs. Again, it is a line of stones! Get over yourselves, it is your comments that are a blot on this town, not its art installations.

Comment by: Ste Wigan on 31st May 2012 at 20:44

Sorry Ferg, it's an eyesore!

Comment by: John B on 13th June 2012 at 16:30

Batty. It looks appaling !

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