Manchester Icon to be Commemorated

An iconic artwork of one of Manchester’s most famous figures is to be created from hundreds of pictures of everyday Mancunians.

Images taken last year at a unique social experiment that captured a day in the life of the city will form the collage of one legendary local.

Artist Nathan Wyburn is asking the public to vote for who he should commemorate in the piece from a shortlist of 12 memorable Mancs:

  • LS Lowry
  • Alan Turing
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Anthony Burgess
  • Caroline Aherne
  • Victoria Wood
  • James Joule
  • Pat Phoenix
  • Les Dawson
  • Ian Curtis
  • John Dalton
  • John Rylands

Votes can be cast online at and will stay open until February 19th.

The Day In The Life project in April 2017 was led by award-winning photographer Mark Waugh and saw an army of street photographers capture 24 hours in the city with their cameras.


Salford street art by Liz Bleakley

More than 1,500 images were collected, ranging from the city’s rough sleepers, to party goers, buskers, hipsters, footie fans, bikers and wildlife.

Once the votes are cast, Nathan, 28, who first came to prominence after reaching the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, will set to work creating one of his famous collage artworks.

The artist, who is based in Wales, has recently created collage portraits of Prince Charles and Justin Bieber, as well as attention-grabbing artworks of Stephen Fry out of coffee, Adele from ketchup, Rowan Atkinson from beans, Bob Marley from reggae sauce and Ed Miliband from toast.

Nathan says: “I love the idea of finding someone synonymous with Manchester in the eyes of the public and then creating a piece of artwork using so many diverse images of life in the city. It’s perfect.

“A Day In The Life is a brilliant concept that captures everyday life and people and I’ve greatly enjoyed looking at all the images that were created. They will last forever in their own right and also as part of my collage.”


Note – the featured image at the top of the page is titled Fancy dress on Market Street Manchester by Les Telford


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