The Garston Hospital Fountain


2008 was a very busy year for Garston with its Embassy and the Slaughtethouse gallery and other projects. Now the gallery has closed and I think the Embassy has too but the ‘Cultural Village’ hasn’t come to a complete standstill.

There were some ‘Under the Bridge’ activities last year and these have continued this year. We’re glad we got to see this one, its a delightful idea as the last drops of water are extracted from the soon-to-be-demolished Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Hospital in Woolton Road.

Liverpool: 24 August 2009 till the demolition of the hospital
Place: Gable end wall of the main Hospital building overlooking Woolton Road

Under the bridge
Eight artistic interventions in the public space of Gdańsk and Liverpool
May-October 2009
Liverpool – Garston: Dorota Buczkowska, Roman Dziadkiewicz, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Łukasz Jastrubczak
Gdańsk – Dolne Miasto: Ross Dalziel, Kevin Hunt, Maeve Rendle, Rita Slater
Curators: Agnieszka Kulazińska, Kevin Hunt, Rita Slater


Project “Under the bridge” originally developed as a part of “For The Likes Of Us…” an exchange programme between the Liverpool Biennial Big Table partners and ‘corresponding’ organisations across Europe, contributing towards the objectives of the Cities on the Edge network.

Under the bridge is within the framework of POLSKA YEAR! in the UK
Under the bridge is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland

Dorota Buczkowska is interested in the circulation as a system of mutual relations inside the human body and also its relations with its immediate surroundings. In her works, the artist highlights similarities between the human body and city infrastructure. In Buczkowska’s graphic arts, drawings and installations, arteries are transformed into water supply pipelines, while organs are transformed into washbasins, sinks, toilet seats and taps. Roads and streets are transformed as veins. Organic and mechanical circulation’s occur simultaneously. What is alive is transformed into artificial, what is artificial changes into living objects. The urban infrastructure and the internet entwines the earth creating an artificial blood circulation system for people and information. Man has created this world in his own image and likeness. May we claim that the infrastructure is subordinated to man? Or is man subordinated to the infrastructure, falling victim to his own invention?

‘Fountain’ in Garston will be an extension of daily circulation, the daily flow of machines, people and energy in symbolic terms might be read as a continuation of living existence in place which is being prepared now for demolition but is also being prepared for a new beginning. The installation will show the invisible and forgotten space of the previous hospital. Water may be associated with purification, with time passing; it is reminiscent of a river which used to flow nearby.

Our special acknowledgement and thanks go to:  Project Manager, Colin Dobson and Site Manager, Mark Hague at Gallifordtry Construction, Sir Alfred Jones Garston Memorial Hospital Liverpool

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