idea behind this sculpture originated in my interest in
machinery, contraptions and the “ found object”
tradition in contemporary art. I have also maintained an
interest in the human figure and objects that have analogies
to aspects of human anatomy.
My own background, the industrial
North East of England has also been significant in shaping
my perspective on forms from the every day world that fascinate
me as potentials for art works.
Thus, the combination of derelict
rolling stock and the 1930’s furniture of Mario Dal
Fabrro, had a sympathy of scale, form and function that
was appropriate to the realisation of this project with
I have decided to activate the lobby
area space by locating an object-based sculpture within
the area directly facing the concrete lift shaft. This sculpture
intellectually locates the hotel within a rich industrial
heritage, as well as a vibrant contemporary sphere.
The sculpture is a blend of influences
that encompass early C20th domestic inventions, (ironing
boards that convert into step ladders), rolling stock and
garment templates common to the fashion & textiles industry.
It also references navigational instruments and has the
visual capacity to be regarded as an instant landmark or
meeting place for the community of Liverpool and beyond.
The sculpture also has distinct elements of play, which
embraces the commonly held perception of Liverpool as a
city distinct in its local traditions and celebration of
its culture, globally.
The size of the sculpture responds
to the infinite recessional space of the atrium. The ladder
(at the back of the sculpture) amplifies the sense of infinity
within the main atrium. This notion of an endless perspective,
(timelessness), is important within the concept of the sculpture
as well as the internal structure of the building.