It always brings a smile to my face when I am walking around somewhere and a piece of art just appears and grabs your attention.
On my recent ramble around the decaying Wigan Pier site this happened on more than one occasion, with pieces of work popping up all along the canal towpath.
If you go onto the little bridge that helps link the towpath to the canal as it meanders its way through the town, you are greeted by a full length character peering out over the water.
This work is certainly Keeping an eye out for something.
However, whilst this is something that does make you stop and go closer to have a look, on this particular day, the addition of a pair of sunglasses made me smile even more.
It was a very bright day and whoever had installed them made sure they were placed perfectly onto the sculpture and I thought it actually made the piece even better.
Strolling further along the cobbled path that runs alongside the canal you will reach the crumbling Wigan Pier itself, looking more and more like some form of ancient torture device as it corrodes and slips into the murky waters.
Right next to the Pier huddled up against the wall, is another of the sculptures, again making sure they are keeping an eye out over the water.
Whilst our good friend on the bridge was all smiles with his shades on, this sculpture is the pure essence of misery, highlighting how hard it must have been in those times and probably what a dark and depressing place this area was.
She does not look happy.
Across the road from the Pier complex, there are some examples of much larger art and one particular installation which always catches the eye.
Fixed permanently to the side of the Trencherfield Mill are three huge heads, cast in metal and again keeping an eye out over the plaza and car park below.
The old mill is huge and these three heads are equally massive to fit in with the size and structure around them - they are very modern but yet seem to fit perfectly with the building that they sit on.
Each head has something different to offer, the bottom one having a can opener lifting his skull - quite thought provoking I am sure you will agree!
I do like the open space public art that Wigan offers its residents and there are lots more examples of this around the borough and I think it's great that the council promotes such work.
These examples are all keeping an eye out for Wigan.