Originally posted on Travel with Intent:
Hanging high above the Northern Quarter, on the corner of Tib Street and Church Street, shines the Tib Street Horn. This enigmatic, silver sculpture, half dragon and half saxophone, coils around the remains of an old Victorian hat factory.
Commissioned in 1996, it is part of a series entitled “Unsound Instruments” by Cornish artist David Kemp.
Kemp himself said of the piece, “It’s not really a saxophone, nor a dragon…. Perhaps it’s a listening device, filtering the left-over sounds from the street corner below, where the past bumps into the future, shooting the lights.”
Whatever it represents, it is a striking piece that has survived the Manchester weather well and appears to stand guard over the entrance to the Northern Quarter. The puzzle it presents fits perfectly with the quirky nature of this exciting area of Manchester.