A number of new art installations and activations are popping up across Liverpool city centre this summer.
The Very Public Art campaign will see art commissions showcasing local artists and creators, giving them the platform to tell stories through their work. Earlier this month, the first of these installations was on display in the gardens of St Nicholas Parish Church. And These Birds Can Sing was a magical sound, art and nature trail of birdhouses is a celebration of women’s voices, encouraging visitors to reflect, remember and be inspired.
And These Birds Can Sing provided a taste of what’s to come this summer and here we’re taking a closer look at each installation you’ll be able to see over the next few months.
6 August 2021 – 5 September 2021.
Richard Woods’ vibrant installation Holiday Home is on display in Custom House Place, Liverpool ONE.
Holiday Home is modelled on an everyday British bungalow scaled to a third of its size. The size makes it doll-like and intimate, but architectural in feel not like an architectural model. The artist, who usually replicates recognisable objects with vibrant colours and prints, was inspired by his 1970s childhood home interior and interests in home renovation, DIY culture, and notions of taste. The neon colours, and black lines which he is particularly keen on, trademark his cartoon style and it is this cartoon appearance that separates the house from the real world in which it sits.
15 August 2021 – 7 September 2021.
Mersey Sounds is a recreation of Liverpool’s Speaker’s Corner, designed by Liverpool Sculptor Arthur Dooley (1929-94), which was situated on the waterfront from 1973-1990. It was a site for speeches, rallies and demonstrations during Liverpool’s turbulent industrial and political past.
The 12.5-meter structure of steel columns and beams finds at its heart a giant handmade copper megaphone to reflect Liverpool’s tradition as a democratic city and the need to share our voices and stories.
Mersey Sounds is a collaboration between Arts Organisation of the Liverpool Year of Writing, Writing on the Wall and award-winning Architect, Daniel Smith of Liverpool’s Smith Young Architects. The historic connection between the original Speakers Corner and Mersey Sounds is that Daniel Smith’s father was the steel erector who worked with Sculptor Arthur Dooley when he created the original Speakers Corner.
The project is also a collaboration with Liverpool’s communities as it will feature a changing sound scape of speeches and stories gathered from the diverse groups WoW works with, to recognise the democratic traditions of the original design and encourage engagement from both longstanding and new communities who are reshaping Liverpool, an ever-changing city.
Winds of Change
17 September 2021 – 5 October 2021.
Winds of Change was commissioned by St George’s Quarter CIC and designed by Simon Armstrong of Design Laser Play in collaboration with Laura Pullig and with support from DoES Liverpool.
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.
The self-sufficient windmill will have moving elements and uses some of the earliest renewable energy technology to produce its own power by harnessing the wind.
This will provide electricity for LED illumination of laser cut imagery all around the structure while also powering the modern day technological devices installed inside. The Windmill will be on display in St George’s Quarter from 17 September to 5 October. As well as the stunning spectacle of the installation, there will be a programme of workshops taking place around St George’s Quarter to celebrate the history of the area.
From Now On
9 August 2021 – 6 October 2021.
From Now On is an artwork consisting of 4 giant letters: H,O,P & E which have been filled with donated items that hold a personal ‘pandemic story’ to people from across the city.
The memories they conjure may be fond or they may be bittersweet. They might make people smile or make them cry. Either way this personal, symbolic, fun and poignant artwork asks us to remember what we have learnt about ourselves over the past few months as well as to embrace the audacity of hope.
Cowheard and the Weaver Girl
14 August 2021 – 28 August 2021.
Cowheard and The Weaver Girl is a site specific installation, created by artist Laura Brownhill, which depicts scenes from the mythological story around which the Chinese festival, Qixi is based. The installation is designed to look like you are stepping into a giant pop up children’s book to immerse you into the story. Qixi falls on 14th August – Chinese Valentines Day – a chance to celebrate love, culture, friendship and community.
Statues Redressed, a Sky Arts initiative, also forms part of the Very Public Art campaign.
Sky Arts, Northern Town and Culture Liverpool have taken on the city’s statues, grappling with some of the issues around them. As artists, designers and members of the community, they have given them a whole new look by dressing the statues up, or creating art around them.
Almost 50 statues will be revealed throughout the summer and then the story of the project will be presented in a special broadcast on Sky Arts in October. Find out more about Statues Redressed here.