Giant Blackpool mirror ball needs 47,000 new mirrors and 1,000 tubes of glue for makeover after going rusty

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Since the ball was removed, the pole is all that has remained covered by plastic bag

The mirror ball has been battered by sea air
The mirror ball has been battered by sea air

Blackpool’s iconic mirror ball on the South Promenade is currently getting a much-needed makeover.

The shiny sculpture was taken down in November in 2020 due to taking a battering from the seafront’s salty sea breeze.

Workers at Blackpool Council and a team of volunteers are now painstakingly replacing all 47,000 corroded mirrors tiles which have so far required 1,000 tubes of adhesive.

Installed in 2002, the artwork was created by artist Michael Trainor. The artist was inspired by and named the work after the 1969 Hollywood film ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’ which features a large Mirror Ball.

The plan is to have the ball back in time for the summer season and all spruced up.

Speaking when the mirror was dismantled, Councillor Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “The Mirror Ball is much loved by local people and visitors and is an iconic landmark on the South Promenade.

“Our natural environment is beautiful but inevitably the sea salt air takes its toll on the mirror tiles over a long period of time. We look forward to the Mirror Ball returning to sparkle for people to enjoy.”

The mirror ball has so far lasted a decade on the South Shore before needing renovation and a simple glass cleaner and cloth won’t do the job.

Since the ball part was removed, the pole is all that has remained covered by a sad plastic bag.

The restoration job is progressing steadily however and it is expected to be back in its rightful place soon.

To find out more about the iconic mirror ball and other sculptures around the town, please visit the Visit Blackpool website here.

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