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Industrial artwork

UK: Declared the UK city of culture for 2017, Hull in eastern England kicked-off celebrations with the installation of a 75-metre, locally built Siemens rotor blade in the city centre.

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The organisers of the ceremonies to launch Hull's 12-month tenure as the UK's city of culture didn't have to look far for an eye-catching and jaw-dropping installation. Just down the road there is a new factory where Siemens is making the blades for its 6MW and 7MW offshore turbines.

The first off the production line left the plant at 2am on Sunday, 8 January, for the six-kilometre drive through narrow streets to Hull's Queen Victoria Square, a journey that took more than four hours.

A 70-strong team then set about the task of erecting it, which occupied the rest of the day.

Artist Navan Kulkarni was responsible for deploying industrial hardware as public art. "You didn't need to make a new sculpture. There was one already being made right here," he said.

The B75 blade will remain on display in the city until the end of March.

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