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Lost Castles

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Liverpool will welcome French artist Olivier Grossette – renowned for recreating extraordinary structures out of cardboard – he will work with communities to recreate some lost castles from across the city region in the exact places they once stood.

Across the weekend of 11-12 August, these structures will become magical venues for performances and events to take place.

This project of Monumental Participative Constructions in Cardboard is both a reflection on the image and the symbolism of the architecture, but also a human and social project. It invites the inhabitants of a city to gather round the construction of a utopian, ephemeral and derisory building, and to actually go through the artistic experience together. Through this, it aims to let everyone be affected by the strength as well as the euphoria of the collective energy, through their body and the experience. To discover the pleasure of building and helping each other while at the same time apprehending the beauty and complexity of the architecture.

The public is invited to assemble boxes of empty cardboard to form a building inspired by local architecture or by the history (past or future) of the city, without crane or machine, only with human energy and by hand. Ephemeral by nature, their purposes are also moments of celebration and joy. Made of cardboard and tape, the construction is carried out together with and thanks to the participation of the inhabitants and the public.

Commissioned by Culture Liverpool as part of Liverpool 2018.

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