Have you seen the Windmill installation on William Brown Street?
Winds of Change was commissioned by St George’s Quarter CIC and has been designed by artist Simon Armstrong of Design Laser Play in collaboration with artist Laura Pullig and with support from DoES Liverpool. The work was commissioned by Culture Liverpool and supported by Arts Council England.
It is a working windmill installation that celebrates the past, present and future of St George’s Quarter, its links to industry and the development of the city of Liverpool as a whole.
So why a Windmill? and why there?
William Brown Street was originally known as Shaw’s Brow, an area of Liverpool growing with industry, including potteries and also the site of a windmill. This inspired St Georges CIC with to recreate the windmill and return it to William Brown Street.
Shaw’s Brow was also a major centre for pottery in Liverpool with numerous kilns visible in the area and producing at the time the popular ceramics of English Delftware (the distinctive blue and white pottery originally produced in the Netherlands).
The collection of Liverpool Delftware held at the Walker Art Gallery provided inspiration, leading to a concept for the design and the technical aspects for wind generated power to provide LED illumination.
FREE Walking Tours from ArtsGroupie – 20 August, 11am and 3pm
Join John Maguire from ArtsGroupie CIC for a heritage walk around William Brown Street, formerly known as Shaws Brow, St Johns Gardens and St Georges Hall.
They will explore the rich history of the area, including the Mills that helped grind the grain into flour for bread making and the renowned cultural assets in St Georges Quarter. Meet at the windmill at 11am or 3pm.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.