Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool
announced today a new joint project to internationally acclaimed artist Ugo Rondinone to create a large scale outdoor sculpture for a prime site at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool on the citys waterfront. The work is planned to be unveiled this autumn.
Part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, the artwork, entitled Liverpool Mountain, celebrates the citys unique association with contemporary art: 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, the 20th anniversary of Liverpool Biennial and the 30th anniversary of Tate Liverpool.
Ugo Rondinones work for Liverpool, part of his mountain series, is his first public artwork in the UK. Rondinones mountain sculptures rise up to ten metres high. Suggestive both of ancient totems and heroic examples of land art, they consist of rocks stacked vertically, inspired by naturally occurring Hoodoos (spires or pyramids of rock) and the art of meditative rock balancing. Each stone is painted a different fluorescent colour. The works seem to defy gravity in their teetering formations, poised between the natural the artificial and the manmade. The location is in Mermaid Courtyard, next to Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
This new project takes forward Liverpools outstanding tradition of working with world class artists to create public art for key sites around the City Region.
These have included:
Peter Blakes Everybody Razzle Dazzle (2015), which covers the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop in a distinctive pattern in monochrome and colour, and has now become a much loved feature of Liverpools waterfront life, taking passengers back and forth across the Mersey.
Jaume Plensas Dream (2009) was chosen by a group of ex-miners and commissioned by St. Helens Council. Sited on top of the former Sutton Manor Colliery, Dream stands 20 metres high midway between Liverpool and Manchester.
Antony Gormleys Another Place (2005) consisting of 100 cast-iron sculptures that stretch across 3km of Crosby Beach, Merseyside. The piece has become one of the most well-loved and widely recognised public artworks in the UK.
Ugo Rondinones Liverpool Mountain is one of a number of events forming part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, which is supported by £5million from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Other events in the programme include China Dream, Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, the finale of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the return of the Giants possible. The project is supported by Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial said: "Following in Liverpools great tradition of sculpture in public spaces, I am delighted that Ugo Rondinone, an internationally acclaimed artist, has accepted this major new project. It is a sign of the confidence and creativity of Liverpool as a world city, which is of course home to Liverpool Biennial, the UKs biggest celebration of contemporary art.
Kasia Redzisz, Senior Curator, Tate Liverpool, said: 2018 marks 30 years since Tate Liverpool opened and were proud to say weve welcomed more that 18 million visitors over the last three decades. We play a critical role in the city by bringing outstanding international and British art high to the region and were delighted to be working together with Liverpool Biennial, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and the city to bring this important artist and his work to Liverpool.