Friday, October 05, 2007

Turning the Place Over

photograph Andrew Taylor

Turning the Place Over is artist Richard Wilson’s most radical intervention into architecture to date, turning a building in Liverpool’s city centre literally inside out. One of Wilson’s very rare temporary works, Turning the Place Over colonises Cross Keys House, Moorfields.
Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He is internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space that draw heavily for their inspiration from the worlds of engineering and construction.

click for a video of Turning the Place Over

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.
Lewis Biggs, director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “Turning The Place Over will be remembered and celebrated for as long as people’s jaws are capable of dropping.”

click for a video of Turning the Place Over

Turning The Place Over, launched on June 20 and will run until the end of 2008

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