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Liverpool waterfront illuminated by major new artwork

A major new light installation by a Turner Prize shortlisted artist has been unveiled on Liverpool’s famous waterfront.

Glasgow-based Nathan Coley’s From Here can be seen high on the imposing Victorian brick George’s Dock pumping station.

The work, commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and Culture Liverpool, will remain on the building for the next 12 months including throughout the 2021 Biennial which opens in March.

Giant illuminated words which wrap around the top of the structure in the 20m (65ft) long work say ‘From Here, All the Worlds Futures, From Here, All the Worlds Pasts’ and were inspired by the writings of German philosopher Walter Benjamin along with a 2015 Venice Biennale exhibition All the World’s Futures.

Coley, 53, was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2007 which was held at Tate Liverpool – his shortlisted piece was titled There Will Be No Miracles Here.

His sculptural work, both indoor and outdoor, often includes illuminated words either on large freestanding metal frameworks or on buildings in cities as far flung as Sydney and Vancouver.

The artist said: “From Here, in Liverpool, is the largest text work I’ve made to date. Like others in the series, it presents the public with a powerful poetic proclamation.

“I’m hoping in a small way that it can be seen as an antidote to the darkness of 2020.

“The phrase speaks of place, history and times still to come. In a way, I’ve given power to the words. I hope the sculpture creates a healthy discussion about public space, the making of place and the possible futures we all have.”

Culture Liverpool director Claire McColgan added: “I couldn’t actually imagine this artwork being in any other city. Its message is a perfect fit for Liverpool. It’s both reflective and thoughtful but also full of hope and ambition.”

Liverpool Biennial runs from March 20 to June 6.

Top: Nathan Coley's From Here (2020). Photo by Mark McNulty


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