Who by: Thomas Heatherwick
What they said then: 'Its sheer size and scale can be appreciated for the first time, and the feats of design and engineering that have gone into its construction.'
Tom Russell - Chief executive, New East Manchester
What they say now: 'B of the Bang was a magnificent artistic statement and it was regrettable that technical problems undermined that vision. The council reached an out-of-court settlement for £1.7m with Thomas Heatherwick Studio and three subcontractors employed by them. The sculpture was dismantled in 2009 and the core recycled, the council receiving almost £17,000 for the metal.'
Spokesman - Manchester council, July 2012