Artist Ugo Rondinones new work for the city, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial
and Tate Liverpool, was unveiled today, Tuesday 23 October 2018, by the artist. The large-scale, outdoor work entitled Liverpool Mountain is Rondinones first public artwork in the UK. The 10-metre-high sculpture consists of rocks stacked vertically, each painted a different fluorescent colour, and is located in Mermaid Courtyard, next to Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
Part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, 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 is part of his Magic Mountains series, with similar outdoor sculptures in Miami, Gwangju and Las Vegas. 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.
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. 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 created this major new work. 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 than 18 million visitors over the last three decades. We play a critical role in the city by bringing outstanding international and British art and artists to the region and were delighted to have worked together with Liverpool Biennial, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and the city to bring this incredible sculpture to Liverpool.
David Roscoe, Chairman of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, said: Ugo Rondinones striking and inspiring work is an exciting new landmark for Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, playing a key role in our plans for the Dock's future as we build up to the 175th anniversary in 2021, and ensuring the Dock remains relevant in the ever-changing landscape of Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront and the wider city region. Were thrilled to partner with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool to bring this Liverpool 2018 project to the Dock, and to be its guardian long after the big reveal as its legacy lives on."