We will have to wait until the Museum of Liverpool opens in 2011 to see the completed map but at least this small exhibition gives us a flavour of how it will look and the process involved.
Thanks to Laura Davis at the Daily Post for this…
The Liverpool Map exhibition – February 15-26 2010
The 1st floor atrium of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Building
AN EXHIBITION charting the creation of a new art work that will stand in the Museum of Liverpool opens at the Daily Post offices on Old Hall Street, Liverpool, today.
Created by international artists Inge Paneels and Jeffery Sarmiento,the sculpture will be made up of 5ft-tall panels of glass.
The exhibition includes photographs used in the piece’s manufacture and samples of glass showing how it will be fused together.
Running until February 26, it also demonstrates the involvement of Daily Post readers and other members of the public in creating what will be an iconic art work enjoyed by future generations of Liverpool people and visitors to the city.
They voted which cultural figures should feature in the piece – from footballer Steven Gerrard to politician Bessie Braddock
The Liverpool Map, six 2m-tall panels of fused glass capturing a snapshot of the city in its birthday year, will stand in front of one of the 80ft picture windows in the new Museum of Liverpool at the Pier Head.
It is composed of 16 layers of glass, divided into four sections: history, shifting boundaries, people’s city and culture.
The first six layers of the piece will build up an image of the expanding city, starting with the marshland of 2000BC that made up the area close to the Mersey, then more of a lake, to the current geographical boundaries.
Layer seven will include the places already voted for by Daily Post readers in a previous survey, and the following sheets of glass present the changing population and the city’s shifting fortunes.
A community layer will feature excerpts of the Liverpool Saga, a citywide poem for Liverpool’s 800th birthday co-ordinated by Radio Merseyside, and captured in local people’s handwriting.
Partners in the project are the Liverpool Daily Post, National Museums Liverpool and Open Culture, headed by Phil Redmond who came up with the original idea.
You can follow the artists as they create the sculpture on their blog at http://blogs.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpoolmap