Five bench-like sculptures can be found on the plateau behind the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. For this new commission, Ryan Gander dissected a model of architect Frederick Gibberd’s modernist cathedral into a series of simple ‘building blocks’. The blocks were then reassembled into different configurations by schoolchildren from Liverpool: Jamie Clark, Phoebe Edwards, Tianna Mehta, Maisie Williams and Joshua Yates. The maquettes that Gander and the children created have been reproduced on a larger scale to produce this new public seating arrangement within the cathedral grounds. This presentation is part of a larger project, Time Moves Quickly.
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was designed by architect Frederick Gibberd and opened in 1967. The Grade II listed building has become a Brutalist icon and is a symbol of Catholic life, worship and community in the city. Along with daily masses and services, the Cathedral runs a diverse programme of concerts, exhibitions and special events.