Sponsored by Open Culture UK, The Liverpool Map is a permanent public sculpture for the new Museum of Liverpool. It explores the geographical, historical and multicultural boundaries of the city. This collaborative project is a concept for a ‘multi-layered glass monolith’ that was equally a literal map and a visual narrative of Liverpool. The ‘ethno/graphic’ method blends approaches inspired by ethnography for a concept development with innovative methods for fabricating a large-scale glass sculpture. The work invited the participation of the people of Merseyside in its development through web-based surveys and an event that collected their handwritten contributions to a printed ‘community layer’ within the map. The work was realized using unique fabrication methods on a large-scale kiln-formed glass sculpture. Printed layers of transparent glass reveal different interpretations of a map through the montage of images and text, overlaid with precision cut contours of streets and bodies of water. Fused into six 100-kilo standing glass blocks, imagery can be seen from both sides. The sculpture was then created over a two-year period of technical development, prototyping, and fabrication.
|Keywords:||Ethnography, Glass Art, Public Art, Glass, Print, Waterjet, Screenprinting, Mapping|
The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, Volume 7, pp.13-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 8.986MB).
Research Councils UK Academic Fellow, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK
Senior Lecturer in Architectural Glass, National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK