New sculpture wanted for plinth overlooking Liverpool’s famous waterfront

Artists from across the north of England are being urged to put forward a new sculpture for a plinth overlooking Liverpool’s famous waterfront.

The Liverpool BID Company is collaborating with Liverpool Parish Church and dot-art to find a fresh piece for the platform.

The new creation will replace last year’s winning sculpture, ‘Gold Lamé’ by Tony Heaton – a suspended, bright gold car.

Before Gold Lamé took up residency, The Liverpool Plinth had lay empty since the removal of Brian Burgess’s ‘Christ on a Donkey’ several years prior.

Artists from across the North are being called on to submit existing work that could call The Liverpool Plinth home for the next year, with the closing date for applications on 28 March.

The winner will also receive an additional £1,000 prize.

The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, rector of Liverpool, says: “Among the roles of the church in the city centre is to provoke, entertain and animate.

“In its first year, The Liverpool Plinth has already achieved a reputation for all three, and I hope that we can continue to give both residents and visitors new opportunities through the arts to reflect on the world around them.”

Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, adds: “When we first launched The Liverpool Plinth project in 2018 we were taken aback by the overwhelming response from the huge number of artists eager to have their work considered.

“It will be sad to see Gold Lamé leave The Liverpool Plinth, but exciting to welcome a new sculpture to the Commercial District BID, for businesses, residents and visitors to enjoy.

“It’s also another fantastic opportunity for sculptors in the region to showcase their work.”

YM Liverpool reported last December that Liverpool Parish Church (also known as St Nick’s)  has submitted plans to install a striking sculpture which depicts Jesus as a homeless person.

Casts of ‘Homeless Jesus’ have been displayed in cities across the world including in Manchester outside St Ann’s Church.

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