An art exhibition commemorating iconic World War I poets using the latest technology is heading to Liverpool’s waterfront.
Through augmented reality, The Danger Tree will weave poetry, animation and music into traditional art.
The display will open in Mann Island’s gallery space from Friday 30 June until 10 September as part of this year’s Pier Head Village programme.
The Danger Tree had a successful run at Albert Dock’s Martin Luther King Jnr building last year, but will this time feature a brand new painting specially dedicated to the city called ‘Years Ahead’.
The work is inspired by the sinking of RMS Lusitania in 1915, and featyres the eponymous poem read by ‘Cold Feet’ actress Karen David.
The painting ‘The First & The Last’ will also feature, and is dedicated to the memory of Liverpudlian soldier Arthur Seanor and the Liverpool Pals in recognition of the role they played in the Great War of 1914-18, as well as local business volunteers who fought through the war including battles of Arras, Passchendaele and the Somme.
Through headphones and smart-enabled devices, visitors to the gallery will experience the exhibition being brought to life with hidden interactive stories and works by legendary war poets such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon being read by British actors including Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. There’s also a bespoke music score by film composer Marc Canham.
Marc Marot, who has co-created The Danger Tree alongside Scarlett Raven, says: “The response we received in Liverpool last year was incredible, so we were thrilled to be able to bring it back. Being surrounded by the historic architecture of the Pier Head and iconic waterfront seemed a fitting location to bring The Danger Tree. For us it is about celebrating our heritage we can’t wait to begin telling old stories in a new way.”
The exhibition will sit alongside Liverpool Art Fair, which returns for its sixth year and launches this Saturday (1 July) in a pop-up, purpose-built waterfront unit.