A huge thanks to everyone that sent in such Audacious photos. We have counted the likes and identified the winner. I guess it’s in the bag when you have a Royal Navy ship in the shot. Allison Fraser we will get The Buccaneer in the post asap.
Watch out for our Valentines competition coming shortly where we will be giving away one of our fantastic gift sets.
Engine 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.
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’.”
Marx and Engels in Manchester
- 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
We thought we would share the awesomeness of some of our Audacious bearded brothers… to inspire those whiskers to get growing …
Urban Dictionary: awesomeness
1. An unmeasurable amount of awesomenimity something can produce. 2. Something that qualifies as awesome…
Thank you for sharing !
As well as our usual writing competition and new photo competition …
Beardy November Competition…
Here at Audacious Headquarters we have decided to celebrate the awesomeness of all your furry faces with a special one off competition for November.
Fancy winning all these freebies? Then get those whiskers growing!
( Audacious = adjective: bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, unafraid, unflinching, courageous, valiant, valorous, heroic, dashing, plucky, wild, madcap, adventurous, venturesome, enterprising, dynamic)
The most Audacious beard or moustache will be rewarded with this bundle of Audacious grooming goodies – (which includes a tin of Meticulous Moustache Wax, a bottle of Wood Chopper Beard Oil, a tin of Audacious Beard Balm and two wash cloths from our sister company cotton & jute) … to tame the beast you create !
Just get growing and send us the pictures of your whiskers throughout November.
We will choose a winner at the beginning of December!
Movember is back for 2014, growing moustaches for men’s health. Simple.
If you want to find out more about what we do, click here: http://bit.ly/1rpeUyu
Please check out Movember http://www.facebook.com/MovemberUK which raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health!!!!
SEPTEMBER’S COMPETITION NEWS: This month with some fantastic entries we really struggled choosing the winner. After much deliberation, beard scratching and moustache twisting we have chosen Mr Wilderspin who gave us both of these wonderful feedback comments =
“I feel the forest calling, my axe beckons and the bears cower with every waft…….”
”I am now in control of a ship and leaving this feedback after a good raid. Arrr!”
A complimentary bottle of ‘The Wood-Chopper’ is on its way to you.