Earlier in the year, rumours abounded of a Stone Roses reunion as the press speculated and caused much salivation over the prospect.
One of the quickest former band members to quell such talk was guitarist-turned-artist John Squire, who was quickly quoted saying 'no way' (or words to that effect). Feeling that maybe wasn't enough, he then decided to release a piece of artwork to the public, stating in no uncertain terms his views on a reunion.
'Statement' is that work, featuring the words: 'I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses'.
The work, made of 10 gauge steel, signed, dated and mounted in a Perspex box will go on auction on Weds 1st July at Christie's in London, with an estimate of between £6,000 and £9,000 (click on the 'Statement - Christies Auction' link in the sidebar for further info). This is the first piece of work that he has ever sold.
Earlier in the year, John created the artwork for this year's War Child album 'Heroes' - the third such occasion that he has done so. Also next month, John's latest exhibition 'Heat Light, Death and Industry' goes on display at Oldham Gallery from 7th July through to 9th September from Monday to Saturday. Entrance to the exhibition is free, and will feature 3D works, paintings and mixed media sculpture on display for the first time.