A new public art sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Ugo Rondinone is heading to the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.
Named ‘Liverpool Mountain’, the creation will stand at more than 10 metres tall and is to mark the 10th anniversary of Liverpool European Capital of Culture, Liverpool Biennial’s 20th anniversary and 30 years of Tate Liverpool.
The first major UK public artwork by Ugo Rondinone, and also the first of its kind in Europe, the piece will form part of the artist’s mountain series and will be similar to technicolour towers he has made in Miami and Las Vegas (pictured).
Vertically stacked fluorescent coloured rocks, inspired by naturally occurring spires or pyramids of rock known as Hoodoos and the art of meditative rock balancing, are set to transform the Mermaid Courtyard area of the World Heritage Site.
Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool are behind the project, which is expected to bring the sculpture to the dock this autumn.
Ugo Rondinone, a Swiss artist who has often created public artworks as a series in different cities around the world over a number of years, has previously created famous pieces including ‘Human Nature’, a group of monumental stone figures in New York’s Rockerfeller Centre; and a series mask sculptures called ‘Moonrise’ which have been exhibited in galleries and public spaces around the world.
Sue Grindrod, chief executive of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, says: “Ugo Rondinone’s work is striking, it is certain to stimulate the debate about the part that public art plays in the cultural landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.
“I am so delighted that the Dock is able to be the guardian of this work as we head towards a year of celebration in 2021.”
‘Liverpool Mountain’ forms part of the Liverpool 2018 programme, which is backed by £5 million from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and, and is supported by Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.