Big Horn sculpture could still have a NQ future

The Northern Quarter’s Big Horn sculpture could yet remain in the area following long-held doubts about its future.

The sculpture on Tib Street and Church Street was rumoured to be moving to one of the city’s university campuses, however that now seems unlikely with city officials continuing to search for a replacement plot of land nearby.

The 10m tall artwork was created by Cornish artist David Kemp is displayed on the remains of a Victorian hat-making factory. It has gained cult status over the years, acting as an unofficial gateway to the Northern Quarter. The artist prefers to keep the inspiration behind the sculpture a mystery:

“It's not really a saxophone, nor a dragon, coiled on the gothic stump of a Victorian hat factory. 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.”

That site it sits on is now set for redevelopment, creating 183 new apartments.


Image: Big Horn Northern Quarter © Matthew Hartley on flickr

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant