Friday, 31 October 2008

Turning the Place Over

After the visit to Tate Liverpool, we went to see a very unique piece of art.

Liverpool was named European capital of culture in 2008 and the City commissioned a number of public art pieces for the occasion.

Turning the Place Over is a piece of public art by artist Richard Wilson (who has twice been nominated for the Turner Prize). This piece is on an abandonned building in the centre of Liverpool. An oval piece of the front of the building has been cut out and is rotating 360 degrees. The cut out piece rotates upside down but is only aligned to the front of the building when in the right position, otherwise it sticks out.

This piece of art is daring and very spectacular. It is also a well executed piece of engineering.

There are many YouTube videos, but the short one below will give you a good idea.

Related resources

Times interview of Richard Wilson

Turner Prize page for Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson’s biography

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