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What do you get.....


... if you cross a derelict pub with a modern day artist?

Turning the Place Over, by Richard Wilson


There was an old Yates Wine Lodge on Moorfields in Liverpool, empty and decaying for several years when someone came up with the idea of turning it into a piece of public art. Richard Wilson is one of Britain's most renowned sculptors and he was commisioned to produce a major art installation. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space that draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.

Turning the Place Over consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing 'window', offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.

Originally installed for the Liverpool Biennial in 2007 it is also a major public art installation for the Capital of Culture year in 2008

What do you get.....


... if you cross a derelict pub with a modern day artist?

Turning the Place Over, by Richard Wilson


There was an old Yates Wine Lodge on Moorfields in Liverpool, empty and decaying for several years when someone came up with the idea of turning it into a piece of public art. Richard Wilson is one of Britain's most renowned sculptors and he was commisioned to produce a major art installation. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space that draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.

Turning the Place Over consists of an 8 metres diameter ovoid cut from the façade of a building in Liverpool city centre and made to oscillate in three dimensions. The revolving façade rests on a specially designed giant rotator, usually used in the shipping and nuclear industries, and acts as a huge opening and closing 'window', offering recurrent glimpses of the interior during its constant cycle during daylight hours.

Originally installed for the Liverpool Biennial in 2007 it is also a major public art installation for the Capital of Culture year in 2008

comments (15)

  • urban8
  • The Land of Pots, Pits & Pans
  • 5 Feb 2008, 06:28
And you have captured this well, too, Les, I like the light in this shot.
I haven't seen this "in the flesh" yet, I really need to get up there and have a look at this is something special, isn't it???
When it was first announced, there was a video of it on BBC website and I just watched it over & over & over as it was just so amazing & mesmerising.
A trip to Liverpool is needed....
John
Les Auld: Thanks John, it is quite amazing, works well the movement seems very smooth.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Feb 2008, 08:12
I hope that when the building comes under the sledge that some saves the sculpture. Or even better that the building gets refurbished for further use.

Great picture and interesting comment.
Les Auld: I believe it will not last after the end of 2008, seems a bit sad if it is to be lost to us though. Thanks for the comment Louis.
Definitly a hole in one ... as far as the image goes and the sculptural idea. richard
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, just one of several interesting pieces that may be found around here.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 5 Feb 2008, 08:24
A brilliant piece I think and your photo does it justice. How would it look in B&W?
Les Auld: I did try it in B&W Ian but I thought the coloured version did the subject a bit more justice.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2008, 13:26
I have never seen something like that in my life, Les. What ingenuity and artistic creativity! You truly have captured the essence of it.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I often wonder just what sort of mind is required to come up with these ideas.
Quite an interesting piece of art. Very well captured Les. I like the lighting
Les Auld: Certainly different Richard, thanks for the comment.
I remember seeing something on the tele about this Les during last year. Good shot of a most mysterious construction.
Les Auld: It was fairly well publicised when it was unveiled Brian, thanks for the comment.
Great capture of a fascinating installation. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Rosalyn, it is fascinating to just stand and watch it revolve.
I've just watched a video of this on Youtube...Unbelievable.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, there are several on YouTube and I have posted a link to one on tomorrow's image.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 5 Feb 2008, 21:10
wow thats a awesome sight Les and thanks for sharing it fellasmile
Funny we were just talking about this a couple of days ago with some friends who went to see it last weekend. Must make a visit ourselves.
Les Auld: Co-incidences do happen Bernie, yes you should see it yourselves, thanks for the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 5 Feb 2008, 21:48
Crikey that is stunning...how clever.
Les Auld: Yes indeed Dave, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Feb 2008, 23:34
I've never come across this before - absolutely fascinating. The things people think of! You have captured it really well.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Thanks Ingrid, I have no idea just how people can think things like this up, but I'm glad they do.
Very impressive art work even if I'm not sure to like it ! Great shot ! Bravo !
Les Auld: Agree it is not to every bodies taste Zeb but thanks for the comment.
Wow! This is awesome! Is real?
Les Auld: Very real Jose, thanks for the comment.

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