"Turning the Place Over" by Richard Wilson
"One of Wilson’s incredible temporary works, Turning the Place Over colonises Cross Keys House, Moorfields. It runs in daylight hours, triggered by a light sensor. Co-commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company and Liverpool Biennial, co-funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and The Northern Way, and facilitated by Liverpool Vision, the project is a stunning trailblazer for Liverpool’s Year as European Capital of Culture 2008, and the jewel in the crown of the Culture Company’s public art programme.
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.
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."
Via the Liverpool Biennial site.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Arbores Laetae (Joyful Trees)
"Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Arbores Laetae playfully reinvents the tradition of the public park. The work transforms a brownfield site, situated on a key route into city centre, into a beautiful wooded space for contemplation.
Consisting of 17 vibrant hornbeam trees formally planted in a grid pattern, at the heart of this landscape three trees will slowly rotate. In place of the familiar movement of shade according to the rotation of the earth around the sun, here shade migrates at an artificial speed, transforming the familiar patterns of the natural world into artificial creations.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro are well known for their interdisciplinary approach, fusing architecture and urban design with visual art, electronic media and performance. Founded in 1979 by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro joined the practice in 1997, and became partner in 2004. Their work marries rigorous critique with a playful iconoclasm. Their pavilion for the Swiss Expo in 2002, for example, was an elaborate play on the notion of spectacle. A building literally created out of hot air, the Blur Building floated like a giant cloud on the surface of a lake. Their retrospective exhibition at the Whitney included the site specific installation Mural (2003), in which a robotic arm mounted on a track was programmed to periodically drill holes in the perfect white cube space. Their recently unveiled Boston ICA building enshrines the act of viewing, creating a space that is conducive to viewing on multiple levels, both the art forms it contains, and the environment it inhabits. "Via the Liverpool Biennial site.