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New Chopin bronze sculpture in Manchester UK

31 October 2011

New Chopin bronze sculpture in Manchester UKCommissioned by The Chopin Memorial Monument Committee and The Polish Consulate, with Bruntwood as principal sponsor, the impressive monument marks the culmination of the celebrations of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth. The creation of Polish sculptor Robert Sobocinski, the sculpture is a fitting tribute to the composer’s genius and marks the occasion when he performed in Manchester in 1848, shortly before his death.
The work depicts Chopin at the piano gazing across at his muse Baroness Aurore Lucile Dupon. Carved into the work is an eagle in flight – the symbol of Poland for over one thousand years and a battle scene symbolising the Polish fight for freedom. The monument measures 4 metres high and 2.5 metres wide and is set on a sandstone plinth.
The monument was unveiled by the Polish Ambassador in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Harry Lyons; Christian Wewer, chairman of the Chopin Memorial Monument Committee; Michael Oglesby, Bruntwood chairman; and Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.
Michael Oglesby said: 'This monument enhances Manchester’s status as a place that recognises the importance of music in its many forms and honours the genius of one of the world’s greatest composers.' Christian Wewer added: 'We are delighted that many years of planning have finally come to fruition and are grateful to Bruntwood and all those individuals and organisations who have helped in the creation of this stunning artwork by one of the world’s leading sculptors.' And Piotr Nowotniak, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester, said: 'The monument is a tribute to one of Poland’s most famous sons and is a link between our two countries. It is a great honour to leave a lasting legacy of Chopin’s life as a gift to the people of Manchester from the Polish community who live and work in this great city.'
Over the years, Bruntwood has established a long tradition of supporting the arts by purchasing and commissioning works to feature within its own buildings and in other public spaces. Each year the company, one of the leading commercial property developers in the North of England, donates 10 per cent of its profits to arts, charity, environmental and community organisations, because it believes that businesses have an obligation to invest in the cities in which they operate.
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