The Audacious Christmas Beard Set competition news

Massive thanks to everyone who took part in our Audacious Christmas Beard set competition.
This was really tough. All of the entries and photos were of course absolutely superb !!
The three winners we have chosen are:

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Rebecca West ‘This is me and the beard in my life at the London Tattoo Convention, his facial hair is so awesome I’m trying to get in on the act!’
Natasha Saxby ‘This is the beard in my life and I love it because my boyfriend truly would do anything for me including growing the beard in the first place lol. True love is growing a beard you didn’t want, falling in love with it and dedicating yourself to growing a better one.’
Sam Wheeler (My girlfriend says that) ‘dating a man who has a lush full beard, tattoos, can handle himself in a fight, can hold his drink and has a Bristolian accent.
It’s a lot like being in love with a pirate heart emoticon and I’m on board with that’

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The “magnificent” beard of socialist thinker Friedrich Engels has inspired a climbing wall sculpture in Salford:

Friedrich Engels’ beard inspires climbing sculpture in Salford

Friedrich Engels and an artist's impression of the beard sculptureEngine said the work depicted Engels’ “signature magnificent beard as a symbol of wisdom and learning”

The “magnificent” beard of socialist thinker Friedrich Engels has inspired a climbing wall sculpture in Salford.

The 16ft (5m) beard statue – a “symbol of wisdom and learning” – will stand on the University of Salford’s campus.

Arts company Engine, who are behind the piece, said the idea came from a 1980s plan to relocate an Eastern Bloc statue of the thinker to Manchester.

Engels, who wrote The Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, lived in the area from the 1840s onwards.

The sculpture will depict the nose and whiskers of the father of Marxist theory and be situated on the university’s Peel Park campus in 2016,

It features a climbing wall at the front, stairs to the rear and a viewing platform at the top, from which climbers can admire the view across Salford.

‘Audacious’ plan

Engine’s Jai Redman said the work used Engels’ “signature magnificent beard as a symbol of wisdom and learning”, while the climbing aspect came from a desire to make it an “interactive piece”.

“We’re aren’t interested in making ‘a hero on horseback’, [which is] something Engels would have been horrified by.

“Engels’ Beard is a metaphor for how it is an effort and a struggle to pull ourselves out of ignorance [and] a direct representation of how all philosophers ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’.”

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Marx and Engels in Manchester

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Born in Prussia in 1820, Friedrich Engels arrived in England in 1842 to take up a role at the business his family co-owned in Salford, the Ermen & Engels cotton mill
  • He lived with an Irish woman, Mary Burns, who showed him the state of working class life in the area, leading him to write The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844
  • He stayed in Manchester on and off for the next 30 years, where he was a neighbour of author Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Karl Marx came to Manchester several times to visit Engels. The pair often met in Chetham’s Library, where Marx also wrote part of his work Das Kapital

Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-30375063

Somerset House to celebrate beards with portrait exhibition

 

Inspirational beard portraits taken by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank to go on show at Somerset house:

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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/08/beard-photographic-exhibition-somerset-house-london

 

The photographs were taken by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank, with a dozen of the works commissioned by Somerset House for the show exhibited for the first time. Photograph: Brock Elbank