Does the luminosity of the latest contemporary public art form in Liverpool turn you on or off?
Ugo Rondinone, the Swiss-born, New York-based artist has gifted his work to the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool.
The multi-coloured stack of rocks finished off with a T section had been sited on the waterfront, nestled beside the Tate Liverpool for almost four weeks now. The sculpture was commissioned to mark ten years since the Capital of Culture, twenty years of the Biennial and thirty years of Tate Liverpool.
Other works by the artist have included seven mountains, simpler luminous rock stacking forms, located just outside Vegas. Initially unpopular, Sixteen million visitors later its safe to say it has won over the public. Will the Liverpool mountain win the hearts of the art-loving Scouse city dwellers? Will it become an icon of the city like the initially revered Superlambanana?
The form is said to be based on a combination of ancient totem poles, medieval rock balancing and hoodoos. Hoodoos being rock spirals formed from weathering over centuries, commonplace in the desert of the United States. So do the seven mountains in Nevada seem fitting in their location in ways the Liverpool Mountain does not?
Do the aesthetics of the colour choice resemble the artistry of a primary school pupil first being given luminous paint in the eighties then deciding all the colours must be used at once?
The verdict: It certainly does brighten up a drizzly day on the docks. Let’s wait and see if the luminosity of the Liverpool mountain turns on the cities art lovers.
Photos Credits to Jamie Pickering.
Augustus: Head is a flash fiction works in response to the Meroe Head of Augustus which was exhibited at the Victoria Museum and Gallery in Liverpool earlier in the year.
He stands above us
Looking through us to a greater existence
Baby-faced, framed with cropped curls
Winged ears arch out
The emperor to become God
‘I am your leader
I will conquer
You will support me’
Head of Augustus
Ruler, the time of Christ
Mediterranean made Empire
The riches of Egypt conquered.
Trophy head taken
A one-eyed queen
Buried beneath Temple steps
The Conqueror was conquered
August is still August
A God he remains
The Empire has crumbled
But the Head still stands tall
More about the Meroe Head of Augustus
P-T-S-D is the latest poem from Alison Little, it was entered into the National ‘A Poem to Remember’ call out to mark the centenary of World War One drawing to a close. The Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) is being built in the Midlands and looks to be one of the Worlds largest Rehabilitation Centres for our Armed Forces.
All around us, there is dust
The winds whip up
Grit in eyes, forward I thrust
Helmand, bombs erupt
We must regain the village
Taliban must be defeated
We have covered much mileage
Another squadron, retreated
Insurgents surround on both sides
Cloths cover faces
On direction, we must abide
Put through paces
I watch myself on the wall
But I am not in Afgan
On homeland, stand tall
In my mind, it re-ran
Greenspace, young kickball
Flashback, I am no fan
Help, I can fight this disorder
Trauma, taking over the border
I will work through re-enactment
Mind healthy outside battlement
Thoughts to discover a safe place
Dwell no more, on dessert space
A Poem to Remember