Spiders Web to Cover The Albert Dock?


Just found this on the Art Newspaper website.
What a fantastic idea, hope it happens.

Tate Liverpool has commissioned the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to make an ambitious installation for the Liverpool Biennial, opening next September. This will span the width of the historic former dockyard where the gallery is located. The engineering firm Arup is currently conducting a feasibility study for Web of Light which will be concluded by the end of this month.

The work will consist of illuminated crystalline strands suspended from steel cables which stretch across the Albert Dock. A spider made out of crystals will hang in the corner nearest to Tate; the entire installation will weigh over eight tonnes. The gallery will need to raise around £400,000 to realise the work.

Ai Weiwei has already made an installation for Tate Liverpool included in the exhibition “The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China


  1. Just a question of curiosity on the large projects such as this, which I think, by the way, would be a wonderful idea.

    However, when such site-specific large installation are done, do the cultural institutions, such as the Biennial and others, actually use the local business to enable this, what would be, an engineering feat to accomplish. Not impossible, obviously, but would be an achievement. Anyway. the reason I pose this question, other sectors the cultural market, both private and public, I recall them petitioning the business sector to support 08 and similar in the city. In turn though and such with a relativity of mutuality and the local economy, do these big institutions select local industry and commerce in their contracts? One would assume to have such as policy and implement it would bolster the economy here. If anyone has any insight on this subject, I would be pleased to hear?

  2. I don’t know for sure but I think they do their best. I’m sure they said something to the effect when they launched ‘Turning the Place Over’, they had problems finding any local company that wasn’t already too busy engaged with all the other building work going on and anyway there’s very few companies with the required expertise to carry out some of these projects successfully and safely.

    Is it legal to discriminate in favour of local companies? I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t allowed

  3. Yes, you are right on that one, as such is done by open submissions to tender and generally by the lowest bid for such. Just curious though to the investments / contractual relationships between the culture sector and the industrial / commercial. Would anyone know where to find this information or has there not been a comparative analysis? I think such would be an interesting source of information.


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