Under the Bridge, Garston 11 July 09


Ok, so we’ll see you all under the bridge in Garston at 6.00 am on Saturday morning, Yes?

Elżbieta Jabłońska`s ephemeral action will take place directly on the streets of Garston early in the morning of Saturday 11 July 2009

(around 6 a.m)

It will be noticeable only for viewers with eyes wide open.

Her project is part of a series of interventions and artworks happening in Garston throughout the course of 2009 as part of Under the Bridge, in cooperation with Prezemyslaw Paszek and was curated by Agnieszka Kulazinska (Laznia Center for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, www.laznia.pl) and Rita Slater.

This Project is the 2nd of four interventions by Polish artists in Garston (Dorota Buczkowska, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Elzbieta Jablonska and Lukasz Jastrubczak) May-October 2009 together with a corresponding project involving four UK artists ( Ross Dalziel, Kevin Hunt, Maeve Rendle and Rita Slater) in Gdansk, Poland.

‘Under The Bridge’ was originally developed as part of ‘For The Likes Of Us’ an exchange programme between Liverpool Biennial Big Table partners and corresponding organisations across Europe contributing towards the objectives of ‘The Cities On The Edge’ network. It is part of POLSKA! YEAR in the UK and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland.


  1. I just wanted to thank Elżbieta Jabłońska`s for this display today.

    I actually knew nothing about it until I went on a “coastal walk and historic talk” organised and run by the Liverpool Ranger service today.

    I spotted one of your lovely pristine white boxes, bound with silver ribbon, a beautiful big bow and adorned with a sharpened blue pencil held in place by the ribbon, nestling amongst some discarded rubbish that someone must have inconsiderately fly tipped a while ago.

    Me being me, curiosity got the better of me. So whilst listening to the Ranger’s talk about the old Bobbing Factory on Blackburn Road, I removed the silver ribbon and bow and opened up the little white box, not expecting to find anything of use or value inside at all.

    Imagine my surprise when I saw the contents. I assume the Bryant & May matches represent the old Match Works that used reside not too far away and the string maybe represents the old bobbin factory perhaps? I still haven’t found the significance of the tealight, blank lined notepaper or the chocolate coated caramel bar yet (but the chocolate bar was rather tasty, so thanks). And the poster for this exhibition titled “Under the Bridge” spooked us somewhat as the Ranger had not long explained to us about the relevance of the local term, so seemed a very strange coincidence indeed.

    So congratulations. Your plan worked in inspiring me (a relative outsider to Liverpool, as I come from Oxfordshire, about 255 miles south of Liverpool, although I’ve lived here almost 5 years now), to take more of an interest in the local history and look at the place that I’d always called “ghastly Garston” in a different light.

    Well done.


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