Town Hall – ‘RESPECTacles’ display
January 21 – January 26 2008
Open 10-19.00 each day until Saturday Jan 26
A work of art highlighting the true horrors of the Holocaust unveiled on Monday at Liverpool Town Hall.
The impressive RESPECtacles display uses the 100,000 pairs of glasses donated by the public to create a striking, atmospheric artwork.
Visitors will be stunned by the sheer scale of the impressive piece, situated in the main ballroom of Liverpool Town Hall.
And exhibition organisers have received an extra boost from Ringo Starr ahead of the launch. During his stay in Liverpool to help launch the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations, the ex-Beatle made time to donate a pair of his prized shades to the project.
He said: “It is a cool idea. As soon as I heard about the project I wanted to donate a pair of my own.”
Ringo joins a host of high-profile celebrities who have handed over spectacles for RESPECtacles, including Daniel Radcliffe, Tony Blair, Yoko Ono, Steven Fry, Jerry Springer, Paul O’Grady, Ronnie Corbett, Joanna Lumley and Julie Walters.
An image of piles of mangled pairs of glasses was one of the stark remainders of the sheer scale of death and human suffering during the Holocaust.
The unique RESPECtacles project wants to put across the message that all individuals can play their part in genocide prevention simply by having, showing and insisting upon RESPECT for other human beings and for their differences.
RESPECtacles forms part of a series of events leading up to the National Holocaust Memorial Day event in January being hosted in the city at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Sunday 27 January 2008.
Following the exhibition, the collected glasses will be donated through Vision Aid Overseas to visually impaired people in the developing world.
Liverpool are also hoping to break the record for the biggest collection of glasses. The record currently stands at just over 5,000, so when authenticated the vast collection of nearly 100,000 should see the city entering the record books.
And YOU can still play your part – anyone can donate unwanted glasses to any Liverpool Library, any One Stop Shop or at Liverpool Town Hall until 21 January. Each pair will be used to form the piece of art which will be publicly displayed at the Town Hall on 21st January until the 26th January 2008 and they could be displayed in a London Gallery. But as there is such a limited time we urge everyone to clear out their cupboards and donate your unwanted glasses as soon as possible.