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  • Making my way home from work today, a wonderful thing happened. On the window sills that lined the edge of Platform 1 at Manchester Piccadilly railway station, lots and lots of these little orange figures were striding, baggage in hand, to an unknown destination they would never reach. At each of the fifteen or so windows there was a different arrangement of these characters, some queuing up, some crowded together, some looking out to the wide world beyond. They were not fixed down, they could be moved about freely. There was no velvet rope or signs to say 'Do Not Touch'.

    I looked around for signs of the artist, expecting to find him or her quietly observing, but nobody claimed the honours. Nor was there any clues as to why this exhibition had been created - no plaque that could give the visitor hints as to how to start thinking about what they had seen. They had been lovingly created and then carefully abandoned. The artist had left themselves completely vulnerable.

    Further up the platform I could see a man collecting litter in a trolley designed for that purpose. He picked up one of the figures and turned it over in his hand, baffled. Then he put it in the bin. Then he saw all the other figures by all the other windows. He scratched his head for a minute then let them be, moving on to the next platform.
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