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Meteorite Lands in Baltic Triangle, Liverpool


A warehouse in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district will provide a unique location this Spring for a new public art work by artist John Elcock.

Taking the form of a reproduction of one of the largest meteorites ever recovered, ‘Agpalilik’ will temporarily appear for Threshold Festival between 31st March – 2nd April 2017 in Bridgewater Street, Liverpool.

The art work is inspired by the Agpalilik meteorite currently on display in the Danish Geological Museum, Copenhagen, and will feature a full-scale cross section of the meteorite being hoisted into a Liverpool warehouse for its valuable iron-nickel content.

The installation is a response to the Threshold Festival 2017 theme of Darkness and Light: an exploration of contrast, in society and the world around us.

Elcock comments: “I wanted to do two things. Firstly to reflect on an object that is the oldest thing on Earth, and how that might change the view we have of ourselves as human. Secondly to compare two great European ports and the idea of commodity”.

Andy Minnis, Co-Curator, Threshold Festival: “We’re excited to include Agpalilik in our 2017 exhibition, continuing our mission to champion emerging artists and bring innovative work to new audiences. This sculptural intervention in an area undergoing continuous change will provide a unique focus for reflection and discussion during the festival weekend”.

Agpalilik will be visible from street level for the duration of the festival. The painted and gilded sculpture will be suspended from a warehouse, accompanied by a media device revealing the inner structure of the 4.5bn year old meteorite core.