Try on the Meta-Perceptual Helmets and view the world as an animal

See through the eyes of a Hammerhead shark, experience the world as a chameleon, witness the peripheral vision of a horse!

Become part human, part animal, part machine, part artwork.

In a UK première, Meta-Perceptual Helmets, will be at various places in Liverpool city centre over 6 days as part of the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Five wearable sculptures, they are free to wear, letting you see through the eyes of an animal and play with visual perception.

During the Festival they can be seen and worn for free at:

Fri 16 Oct Liverpool ONE
Sat 17 Oct Clayton Square
Sun 18 Oct Albert Dock


Fri 23 Oct Church Street/Lord St
Sat 24 Oct Liverpool ONE
Sun 25 Oct Ropewalks Square

FREE for all to try – 11.00 – 18.00

Created by Irish artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly and handcrafted by master coach builder Neil Mckenzie they are inspired by early 20th Century experiments in perceptual adaptation.

Each highly polished helmet offers the wearer a different view, or the sight experience and visual perception of a different animal; the enhanced stereoscopic view of the hammerhead shark, the lateral-vision of the horse or the highly visually-oriented chameleon.

As well as real animals, one special helmet offers a glimpse into the perception of animals that are imaginary or appear in literature; the Cheshire Cat Helmet allows you to see the world normally, but with the lingering effect of dominating visual information, like a smile or eyes.