In 2009, U2 unveiled the biggest concert stage ever built when they launched their 360 tour. One of the main talking points of that record setting tour was the huge set of claws that hung over the arena’s they played.
It is now reported that one of the three claws has now found a permeant home, and has been acquired by the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City,
and its CEO, Brent Anderson, told Rolling Stone magazine that he was entranced from the moment he saw the colossal structure whilst attending a U2 gig in Barcelona in 2009.
Anderson told the magazine: “I didn’t even want to walk into the stadium,” adding. “I was kind of holding up the line because I just wanted to look at it and take it in. I didn’t really view it as just simply a functional piece of architecture. For me, it was a dynamic sculpture. It was a work of art.”
In its new home, the claw will be used as a center point at the aquarium for special events, and may even be used for concerts that the venue is considering hosting in the future.
Even without the hosting of concerts, the claw will be used for film screenings and even a farmer’s market.
Anderson also talked about the long term for the claw stating that he sees the piece of art to be in use for the next “70 or 80 years,” Adding that the claw will create an “engaging, interactive and aesthetically exciting experience, that’s also educational” and adding, “Numerous studies have shown that people are more receptive to learning when they are in a state of wonder or fascination.”
It had been unknown as to what would happen to the claws after the U2 tour ended. One of them has since been disassembled, and the one that was used on the European run still remains available.
U2’s tour director Craig Evans, told Billboard in 2011: “It’s certainly our intention to see these things recycled into permanent and usable ventures. It represents too great an engineering feat to just use for [the tour] and put away in a warehouse somewhere.”