Chapel Street, Salford 2018
They reclaimed the bricks and numbered each one
as the diggers did their thing
the builders saving a theatre wall
you could almost hear them sing
artwork by the cathedral doors
in colours you’d never expected before
bright neon on the way to town
spread across bricks orange/brown
numbers alive – a wonderful dream
a sight like Neapolitan ice – cream
and for four days – the bricks were talk of the town
before the builders tore them back down
In response to Numbers
Numbers are everywhere, but as the arbiter of time they’re most important
The Day ends and begins at Midnight – with one day putting its coat on and heading for the line of time in history whilst another gets ready to turn the sun in four or five hours time.
And all the time the Moon looks on.
The Second hand moves 60 times to make the minute hand move once, the Minute hand moves 60 times to move the hour hand once and the hour hand has to go round 24 points of the clock to make it through a day.
7 of those to go through for a week
4 Weeks make a month and 52 weeks make a year
So much to do, so much to hear, so much to see – plenty to get through
The Numbers are used to plan the day. The clock goes round from 12 midnight to 12 noon and 12 mid after all if you sent all the trains to be in the city centre at one time in the day – you would never get moving – that’s why the planners in the offices use the numbers
Measuring out the day so each train gets to the station at one particular time
So each train reaches its stop at 8 seconds, 15 seconds or 22 seconds past the hour.
And we can’t have Sally missing her Half past eight bus now – she’s got to be in school by nine…