60ft container giant 'Omni Ideal X' to be centre of extravaganza in Southampton

Omni Ideal X

Omni Ideal X

First published in Shipping Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

THIS is the 60ft metal giant made from huge shipping containers that will tower over Southampton Water as part of a dazzling summer extravaganza.

The massive structure will dominate the skyline at Mayflower Park next month as hundreds of people flock to the water’s edge for a spectacular show.

Aerial acrobats will cascade from the “arms” of the stunning figure in a display culminating in fizzing pyrotechnics and colourful visual surprises.

The so-called “Omni Ideal X”

features eight shipping containers carefully stacked together in a nod to Southampton’s world famous port heritage.

It is all part of the Waterlitz event in Southampton on June 16 – an Art at the Heart project.

It came about as a result of a cross-Channel collaboration between the Nuffield Theatre’s artistic director, Patrick Sandford, and producer Sharon Lawless with the director of Generik Vapeur in France, Pierre Berthelot.

And the vast figure, which organisers say symbolises dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, will be heading to Winchester on July 6, where it will be the launch piece for the city’s annual Hat Fair.

The Southampton event follows on from outdoor events Barricade, Alive and Ablaze and Midsummer Dreams, but has moved from the usual location of Guildhall Square because of the piece’s size, as well as Mayflower Park’s more appropriate waterfront location.

Mr Sandford told the Daily Echo: “It’s a joy to work with another tremendous, inventive French company, Generik Vapeur, and on such an ambitious project.

“Containers are such a feature of Southampton’s working life that Omni Ideal X should feel completely at home here.”

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The event starts at 8pm on Saturday, June 16, and comes to its glittering conclusion at about 10pm.

Additional reporting by Jon Reeve

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11:14am Tue 15 May 12

Big Mac says...

What a cheapskate idea.
And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another.
What a cheapskate idea. And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another. Big Mac
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11:27am Tue 15 May 12

Pikey Pete says...

Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after.

I will now go and see this.

Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc....

So well done the Echo.
Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after. I will now go and see this. Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc.... So well done the Echo. Pikey Pete
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11:30am Tue 15 May 12

ToastyTea says...

Big Mac wrote:
What a cheapskate idea. And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another.
haha funny cause it's true.
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: What a cheapskate idea. And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another.[/p][/quote]haha funny cause it's true. ToastyTea
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11:43am Tue 15 May 12

userds5050 says...

Pikey Pete wrote:
Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after.

I will now go and see this.

Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc....

So well done the Echo.
I'm going. I can't container my excitement.
[quote][p][bold]Pikey Pete[/bold] wrote: Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after. I will now go and see this. Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc.... So well done the Echo.[/p][/quote]I'm going. I can't container my excitement. userds5050
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11:50am Tue 15 May 12

Raven 81 says...

I'm not sure that I like it but it is a change to see something recycled that will hopefully not cost too much tax payers money!

Maybe it will look more attractive when its built.
I'm not sure that I like it but it is a change to see something recycled that will hopefully not cost too much tax payers money! Maybe it will look more attractive when its built. Raven 81
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12:04pm Tue 15 May 12

bigfella777 says...

The trouble with this is Mayflower park cannot contain vast crowds of people as witnessed during the fireworks displays that they have. Why dont they have these events in our largest public space, the common which seems to be used for absolutely nothing these days.
The trouble with this is Mayflower park cannot contain vast crowds of people as witnessed during the fireworks displays that they have. Why dont they have these events in our largest public space, the common which seems to be used for absolutely nothing these days. bigfella777
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12:14pm Tue 15 May 12

Just another reader says...

Big Mac wrote:
What a cheapskate idea.
And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another.
Like it or not containerisation actually reduces emissions. In the past several different ships would have called carrying specific cargo, whereas these days individual containers can be loaded with a variety of goods from different origins heading for the same destination.

And you say it's a cheapskate idea. The council can't win. If they spend money people moan, if they get something for free it's cheapskate.
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: What a cheapskate idea. And as for symbolising dwindling natural resources and the part we can play in protecting the planet, yep, giant metal boxes that transport tonnes of junk from one part of the planet to another.[/p][/quote]Like it or not containerisation actually reduces emissions. In the past several different ships would have called carrying specific cargo, whereas these days individual containers can be loaded with a variety of goods from different origins heading for the same destination. And you say it's a cheapskate idea. The council can't win. If they spend money people moan, if they get something for free it's cheapskate. Just another reader
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12:37pm Tue 15 May 12

snapperdownunder says...

What's this then? The Angel of the South?
What's this then? The Angel of the South? snapperdownunder
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12:45pm Tue 15 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea.

Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ?

Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry.
The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea. Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ? Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry. BillyTheKid
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12:47pm Tue 15 May 12

dango says...

looks like a ruddy great Transformer, no need for me to go, I can look across the way and see all the containers I want.
looks like a ruddy great Transformer, no need for me to go, I can look across the way and see all the containers I want. dango
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12:51pm Tue 15 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising.......
Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising....... BillyTheKid
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12:55pm Tue 15 May 12

pushamara says...

Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events!
Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events! pushamara
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1:06pm Tue 15 May 12

Shoong says...

Is this the Angel of the Saarrff?
Is this the Angel of the Saarrff? Shoong
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1:31pm Tue 15 May 12

Stillness says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising.......
It does.
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising.......[/p][/quote]It does. Stillness
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1:34pm Tue 15 May 12

pod says...

pushamara wrote:
Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events!
here, here
[quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events![/p][/quote]here, here pod
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1:53pm Tue 15 May 12

Big Mac says...

With any luck the scrap metal thieves will half inch it
With any luck the scrap metal thieves will half inch it Big Mac
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2:00pm Tue 15 May 12

Stillness says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea.

Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ?

Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry.
It is not a crucifix. It is a cross. A crucifix is a cross with Christ on it. Close Billy, but no Bill Clinton. Oops, I meant no cigar.
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea. Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ? Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry.[/p][/quote]It is not a crucifix. It is a cross. A crucifix is a cross with Christ on it. Close Billy, but no Bill Clinton. Oops, I meant no cigar. Stillness
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2:41pm Tue 15 May 12

Shoong says...

Stillness wrote:
BillyTheKid wrote:
The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea.

Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ?

Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry.
It is not a crucifix. It is a cross. A crucifix is a cross with Christ on it. Close Billy, but no Bill Clinton. Oops, I meant no cigar.
Side un-splittingly not hilarious.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: The photograph is of what appears to be a pile of rusty containers. Not sure whether it's a bad photo or a bad idea. Is it supposed to be a tribute to Antony Gormely's "Angel Of The North", economy edition ? Catholics might like the crucifix shape, but some may feel it has a gravestone look. Perhaps it could be kept as a memorial to the shipbuilding industry.[/p][/quote]It is not a crucifix. It is a cross. A crucifix is a cross with Christ on it. Close Billy, but no Bill Clinton. Oops, I meant no cigar.[/p][/quote]Side un-splittingly not hilarious. Shoong
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2:54pm Tue 15 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising.......
Just in case anyone does find the comment patronising, the idea was to provide a little more information re the "Angel" joke, so that people who don't know anything about modern art (and why should they ?) can check up on Gormely.

Interestingly, years ago non-specialist people knew quite a bit about Dali, Pollock, Warhol, etc., primarily because their work was different, entertaining, accessible, and given a lot of publicity.

The likes of Hirst and Emin, with their "Fish 'n' Formaldehyde" and "My F***ing Dirty Washing" turned a lot of people off modern art, which is a shame as Andy Goldsmith and Richard Long deserve to be more well-known.
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: Sorry to re-itterate your joke, Snapper, but you must have posted while I was trying to find more pictures of "The Thing". Anyway, many people in Southampton will not know about the Gormely work, so my comment might help them understand. I hope that doesn't sound patronising.......[/p][/quote]Just in case anyone does find the comment patronising, the idea was to provide a little more information re the "Angel" joke, so that people who don't know anything about modern art (and why should they ?) can check up on Gormely. Interestingly, years ago non-specialist people knew quite a bit about Dali, Pollock, Warhol, etc., primarily because their work was different, entertaining, accessible, and given a lot of publicity. The likes of Hirst and Emin, with their "Fish 'n' Formaldehyde" and "My F***ing Dirty Washing" turned a lot of people off modern art, which is a shame as Andy Goldsmith and Richard Long deserve to be more well-known. BillyTheKid
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3:06pm Tue 15 May 12

localnews says...

pushamara wrote:
Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events!
and your moaning at the moaners.............
...moaner
[quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events![/p][/quote]and your moaning at the moaners............. ...moaner localnews
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4:42pm Tue 15 May 12

pushamara says...

localnews wrote:
pushamara wrote: Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events!
and your moaning at the moaners............. ...moaner
Don't be so pedantic, you muppet....
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pushamara[/bold] wrote: Some of you lot must be so boring. You moan about everything and anything. You moan there's nothing to do and when something gets put on you moan it's to cheap! If the council gave away 1million pound next week to anyway who wanted it you would moan that it should have been 5 million! If you don't want to get out and enjoy life, then stay behind your computer but some people like these sort of events![/p][/quote]and your moaning at the moaners............. ...moaner[/p][/quote]Don't be so pedantic, you muppet.... pushamara
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7:22pm Tue 15 May 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Two things come to mind are people going to live in it and is the Ice Cream Van still about and dont block the loverly view of the Pier off will you.
Two things come to mind are people going to live in it and is the Ice Cream Van still about and dont block the loverly view of the Pier off will you. Fatty x Ford Worker
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3:49pm Wed 16 May 12

Georgem says...

Pikey Pete wrote:
Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after.

I will now go and see this.

Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc....

So well done the Echo.
How can you afford to go to this, given that the entire nation has 3 pence between them, apparently?
[quote][p][bold]Pikey Pete[/bold] wrote: Hope you all agree...For once the Echo has told us BEFORE the event and not reported on it after. I will now go and see this. Usually the echo tells us afterwards....How many people never went etc.... So well done the Echo.[/p][/quote]How can you afford to go to this, given that the entire nation has 3 pence between them, apparently? Georgem
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