If you have been to Lime St. lately you may have already spotted some of the images etched into the glass.
LIVERPOOL TO LIVERPOOL
3,000 miles, 181 drawings, 1 container ship, Simon Faithfull’s epic journey, reflecting Liverpool’s history as a port, becomes a permanent artwork for the city.
Liverpool to Liverpool is the public art component of the Lime Street Gateway project, the visually-stunning new city centre gateway for Liverpool, which is scheduled to complete in April 2010.
In a project supported by art commissioning agency, Liverpool Biennial, British artist Simon Faithfull chose to create a work which tells the story of an epic journey, from Liverpool, UK, to Liverpool, Nova Scotia, through 181 drawings. He made his four week journey by container ship, train and ferry in the summer of 2008.
Once in Nova Scotia, Simon made printed cards of each of his drawings and posted them to 181 random addresses in the Liverpool phone directory, inscribing each with the words, “Wish you were here.”
Simon recorded scenes from his 3,000 miles voyage drawing directly using his Palm Pilot, a hand held digital device.
The 181 digital drawings have now been sandblasted into the stone pavings and etched into the glass arches at the entrance to Lime Street Station as a permanent artwork for Liverpool. Each drawing is given latitude-longitude coordinates inscribed beneath it in the corner of the glass or stone.
To accompany the public artwork Liverpool University Press are publishing the drawings alongside Faithfull’s diary entries with an introduction from Liverpool John Moores University academic, Dr. Joe Moran.
Simon will also present a public performative-lecture at St. George’s Hall on 22 April. The lecture Liverpool to Liverpool will use the 181 digital drawings made on this expedition to present the minutia and randomness of travel. Also utilizing video, photographs and diary extracts, the lecture describes the dislocation of one person along the historic paths of trade and exodus between the ‘old’ world and the ‘new’.
Simon commented, “I enjoy the collision between the very new and the ancient – these digital drawings now sandblasted into stone and etched into glass, have been set in ancient media.”
Liverpool Biennial’s Director of Public Art, Laurie Peake, commented, “Simon is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, whose playfulness and conceptual simplicity accompanies a deep sense of responsibility for the way we use public space. I am delighted that this much needed addition to Liverpool includes the work of such an internationally respected artist.”
Dennis Brant, project manager at Liverpool Vision said: “This piece of public art will enhance the finished look of the entrance to the station and makes a natural link with Liverpool’s heritage and its new confidence. It is something that Simon has understood from the outset and it has been a real pleasure working with him to bring this concept to reality.”