I’d never heard of the B of the Bang until John mentioned that it was dropping to bits this morning. Apparently, it’s not for the first time, either.

The B of the Bang is Britain’s largest bespoke metalwork sculpture and is a series of rusted spikes jutting out at various angles standing proudly at 184ft made to celebrate the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It’s situated just outside the City of Manchester Stadium and the emergency services were called to slice a piece off over the weekend after motorists started worrying about it wobbling in the wind.

B of the Bang

It only cost a mere £1.4 million pounds sterling, but the first alarm bell sounded the day before it was officially opened as one of the spikes decided to detach itself.

(UPDATE) There used to be a B of the Bang blog which went into a bit of detail about the whole process with pictures of the offending spike and even mentioned the investigation. Unfortunately, nothing has been mentioned on the blog since the start of the first investigation other than a post titled ‘Grand opening goes with a Bang!’ – without any irony, I might add.

So much for blogs as crisis tools.

The report of this weekend’s debacle is in the Manchester Evening News along with some interesting local comments. I managed to ignore those wailing that the money would’ve been better spent on schools and hospitals. However, my favourite B of the Bang site has to be this one with a full 360 degree rotating virtual tour.

We’ve put Jasper on standby with his angle grinder to go and take the blighter down if need be. Jasper’s also been kind enough to allow me access to his little black book. You’d be right to assume it’s not full of foxy ladies, but something much closer to the jocular jock’s heart – in this case welding stresses. You should be honoured that he’s allowed me to scan the relevant pages for your perusal.

It’s awfully easy to blame the welding, but why do you think they don’t weld the steel structural work in buildings or weld planes together?

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.