An eye-catching and dramatic piece of art is being installed at the historic Mayfield site in Manchester.

Slight Uncertainty features 16 sculpted polyester figures holding on to that essential Manchester accessory – an umbrella.

The artwork is suspended over the recently opened street food market and community garden at Mayfield.

The sculpture attracted huge media interest in 2015 when it was placed in London’s Leicester Square in an installation called Swept Away.

For the last 18 months it has been displayed in the atrium at the headquarters of U+I, the regeneration and property company which is part of the Mayfield Development Partnership leading the redevelopment of the 24-acre site next to Piccadilly Station.

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It took acclaimed Czech artist Michal Trpak around half a year to make from sketching to installation, and was originally installed in the European Business centre in Prague.

He calls the sculpture pieces Slight Uncertainty ‘because of seeming lightness of flying but uncertainty because of unsure landing and unknown length of the flight.’

James Heather, development director at Mayfield for U+I said: “We hope Slight Uncertainty will attract, delight, excite and intrigue the people of Manchester as we continue to re-establish Mayfield as an important and attractive destination.

“Given Manchester’s reputation for rain, I can think of few better places for these stunning umbrella people to find their temporary home.”

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