A life-sized bronze sculptural group of a family on a raft on the rough sea by the Irish-born sculptor John Cassidy. Intended to illustrate the changes and sorrows experienced by human beings, it also shows Cassidy moving away from the formal, stylised conventions of Victorian sculpture to a new naturalism. It was Manchester's first modern figurative outdoor sculpture.
HUMANITY ADRIFT ON THE SEA OF LIFE, DEPICTING SORROWS AND DANGERS, HOPES AND FEARS AND EMBODYING THE DEPENDENCE OF HUMAN BEINGS UPON ONE ANOTHER, THE RESPONSE OF HUMAN SYMPATHY TO HUMAN NEEDS, AND THE INEVITABLE DEPENDENCE UPON DIVINE AID.
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Adrift originally stood in Piccadilly Gardens but in 2009 moved to St Peter’s Square outside the entrance to Manchester Town Hall extension.
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