The Ishinki Touchstone

The open space outside of the Bridgewater Hall is called Barbirolli Square in  honour of the Hallé Orchestra's famous conductor.  The Bridgewater Trust decided to commission a "rounded and organic work" by Kan Yasuda.  In his studio in Italy he created an 18 tonne polished stone out of Carrara marble.  The sculpture cost £200,000 and was paid for jointly by the Arts Council Lottery Fund, Manchester Airport and Manchester City Council.  The sculptor called the work “Ishinki” which he translates as a 'form returning to its heart.'

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