The spitfire and the swing - both I like, rather than love.
Agreed. Interesting and "makes you think" is good enough for me. Not sure I've ever loved a piece but the closest is my long distance affair with The Bean in Chicago.
I like the concept and the form of The Swing and I also like that it was bought for £5k from the Glasgow Garden Festival. I don't know the real story but I like to imagine that someone went to the Festival and bought it on impulse, as you do, and then got home with it. If it ever does get re-installed they should rename it Waiting for the Roundabout. For who hasn't sat on a swing while waiting for the roundabout.
I do love the way that Heatherwick's mind works. The Rolling Bridge in motion is joyous, the lamented B of the Bang is inspirational for the title alone and yet the Olympic Cauldron lost out to the new Government website as design of the year!
Gormley's work doesn't do much for me other than Another Place. Not sure it would work along the canal.