MAPPING THE CITY
Public asked to add their layer to Liverpool’s legacy
The people of Liverpool are being asked to play a part in creating a special work of art to celebrate the legacy of the city’s year as European Capital of Culture.
Highlighting Liverpool’s local, national and global significance, international glasswork artists Inge Panneels and Jeffrey Sarmiento have been commissioned to create the Liverpool Map, researched and developed in conjunction with the people of Merseyside to go on display in the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in 2010.
To uphold the map’s close association with residents, the artists are including a community layer in their design, giving people the chance to add their own personal touch to the unique artwork which uses pioneering techniques to create a large multi-layered glass monolith.
People are invited to attend the Liverpool Map Handwriting Sessions, which will be held on Tuesday 14 April at Merseyside Maritime Museum from 1 – 4pm and Friday 24 April from 10am – 5pm at BBC Radio Merseyside. They will be asked to write creatively about Merseyside places that mean something to them, and copy out extracts of the Liverpool Saga poem; an 800 line poem written by people from Merseyside to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th birthday in 2007.
A 3D structure, the map features many layers of sheet glass, each printed with different imagery and designs fused into a solid block depicting Liverpool as a city defined by culture and heritage rather than geographical lines. One layer includes the public’s handwritten fragments of the Liverpool Saga along with their ideas on the boundaries of Liverpool and their own special places on Merseyside.
Like the Liverpool Map, the Liverpool Saga is part of Open Culture; a platform devised to enable the people of Merseyside to create their own culture, rather than just consume it.
The 800 line poem was written by BBC listeners from across Merseyside, with special opening and closing verses by the famed Mersey poet, Roger McGough. Local poets Sylvia Hikins and Dave Ward whittled down the 500-plus submissions to create the finished Saga, and both poets will be present at the handwriting sessions for the Liverpool Map.