Anthony McCall and FACT to Create Massive Cloud Column on the Mersey

What the column may look like from the Pier Head
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Anthony McCall's studies for Projected Cloud
Anthony McCall's studies for Projected Column

Fantastic news, can’t wait to see it in action.

Anthony McCall has won the Artist Taking the Lead, Cultural Olympiad Commission for the North West

Anthony McCall will create Projected Column, a slender, sinuous, spinning column of cloud rising into the sky from the surface of the water in Birkenhead’s disused Morpeth dock in Merseyside, directly opposite the city of Liverpool. The project will be produced by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

A sculptural landmark based on pure energy, Projected Column will echo the dynamism of a city and a region that has recently undergone major cultural and economic development.

Extending upwards as far as the eye can see, and visible on a clear day from up to 100 km away, the column will disappear and re-appear in slow structured sequences, punctuating the skyline whilst connecting it with the city and its docks.

Projected Column will recycle discarded local heat, and, day or night, will operate as a self-sustaining system.

North West from Arts Council England on Vimeo.

The column may be seen from 100km distance!
The column may be seen from 100km distance!

Arts Council England and London 2012 are delighted to announce the winning commissions for Artists Taking the Lead, one of the major projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

From over 2,000 entries, independent panels of artists and producers have selected 12 extraordinary projects to receive commissions totalling £5.4 million, one for each of the nine English regions and the nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each of them is directly inspired by their location and will celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Together, the commissions explore new interpretations of public art; from celebrating our cultural heritage to highlighting contemporary issues, all encourage the active participation of the public and demonstrate exciting new collaborations.

The 12 winning commissions will be developed across 2010 and 2011. All 12 will take part in a final unifying celebration, prior to the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.