Silent Cargo

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As we walked around Salford Quays, one lovely summer evening, we saw several urban sculptures made from materials which may have been part of the area when it was a noisy dirty industrial place. We saw these wheels, along with some barrels, boxes, pipes, bits of chain, blacksmith’s tools and materials including an anvil and horseshoes (horses were used before there were motorised engines, and even after that) containers, drums, and cases all painted a dull matt grey. This  sculpture was commissioned  in 1994; it’s actually termed an installation and it was  designed by built by James Wines helped by John King

It’s called Silent Cargo, and the one thing missing in all this is an actual representation of the men who worked and toiled here… maybe there ghosts are here at night…

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