Six castle-like cardboard structures up to 20 metres high will be created in each of the Liverpool City Region’s boroughs this summer.
Locations have been revealed for the forthcoming ‘Lost Castles’ project by French artist Olivier Grossetȇte, which forms part of the Liverpool 2018 celebrations.
Members of the public and community groups are being urged to volunteer to help make the creations, which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which once stood in the region.
The event will take place from 9-12 August, with the sculptures being made from cardboard boxes and then toppled at the end of the weekend at the following sites:
- Liverpool’s Williamson Square
- Knowsley Safari Park
- Norton Priory Museum in Halton
- Wirral’s Ashton Park in West Kirby
- North Park in Bootle, Sefton
- Victoria Square near St Helens Town Hall
Olivier Grossetȇte will work with volunteers at drop-in workshops during July and August, in which participants can get involved as little or as much as they like.
The project has been supported by Arts Council England, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme, which aims to bring the best international outdoor art to towns and cities.
Jane Beardsworth, Arts Council England’s director for the North, says: “The Lost Castles project is a great idea and a way of getting the communities of all six Liverpool City Region boroughs involved in marking the 10-year anniversary of Liverpool08.
“I’m pleased that we have supported this endeavour through our National Lottery Project Grants and look forward to seeing how the castles materialise.”
Cardboard is set to be responsibly recycled after the event, which will see the timing of the build and performances differ across the six boroughs.
The full build schedule and further event details will be confirmed at a later date, but more information about volunteering opportunities can be found at www.lostcastles.co.uk.