Monday, July 16, 2007
Inserting yourself into history before your time is up takes a certain amount of audacity, not to mention arrogance, but it seems Roy Oldham has those qualities in spades. Either that or lickspittles who anticipate his vanity. TMBC's latest wheeze is to erect a plaque next to the Lowry statue which shows important places and landmarks in Mottram-in-Longdendale.
There's quite a selection of places (with the obligatory reference to Lowry's last home) but this monument betrays some interesting concepts.
Firstly, the route of the Longdendale Bypass cannot be traced since it falls outside the frame. Perhaps TMBC are conscious that it may never be built? Perhaps they're embarrassed? Or maybe they thought this would be tempting fate. After all, even the most arrogant know their limits.
And if you didn't know where Oldham lived, you'd think it was on the corner of Back Moor, which it isn't. Perhaps Roy or one of his minions spotted that he wasn't present are ordered the sculpture to be suitably altered, despite the inaccuracy?
Or maybe it indicates that Oldham is about to retire? How sad...
Take heart Roy, we're looking forward to you taking the stand at the Public Inquiry to justify your project to us all!
The plaque - Oldham's house indicated by the white circle