Somewhere in Salford there will be a statue, monument or public artwork that is screaming out for restoration, that the whole nation could come to love. And the search is on to find it.
Plastic Surgeon, a specialist finishing and repair firm, has launched a national Community Restoration Project campaign looking for cracked statues, stained public artworks and tired local monuments to renovate.
"It's a campaign inspired by an undertaking of ours in North Shields, which saw us restore a statue of Stan Laurel marking the fact he grew up within the area" says Gary Danson, Operations Director for Plastic Surgeon.
"After 30 years of neglect and exposure to the elements, it was looking in a very sorry state until we stepped in and rectified the wear and tear" he adds "The feedback we received following its restoration was great, while it also seemed to create a sense of restored civic pride alongside the actual restoration itself – hence the concept of community restoration. It was this that inspired us to try and replicate the enthusiasm for the results of our repair work elsewhere."
Unfortunately the work won't stretch to Buile Hill Mansion which is too huge but things like the Tree of Knowledge in Charlestown could be in with a shout.
Suggestions from across the North West will compete for a place on a nationwide shortlist, and a popular vote will then decide the winner. Entries should explain why the installation is important to the community and why it is worthy of restoration, to whip up public support.
If anyone has any ideas for a worthy Salford landmark, see the website for full details of how to nominate it www.plastic-surgeon.co.uk/the-community-restoration-project Entries close on 28th September